What Women Aren’t talking About... But Should

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What Women Aren’t talking About... But Should
Topanga resident Jane Hammond, Physician Assistant (PA-C), created an over-the-counter product to alleviate intimate dryness caused by menopause in women.
Longtime Topanga resident Jane Hammond, Physician Assistant (PA-C) recognized a need in women’s lives and created a solution. NOTE: Adult content re: women’s sexuality. Jane Hammond, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant with Christine Farrell, MSN, FNP-C at Bioidentical Wellness in Thousand Oaks. Together they work with women in menopause, perimenopause and with men in andropause, as well as women with other hormone imbalances. “So many women in my practice complain of no libido and painful sex, mostly due to the effects of menopause,” says Hammond, who has worked as a bioidentical hormone specialist for ten years. “I can’t fix relationships, but I can help remove the physical barriers to satisfying sex,” says Hammond. “I have seen hundreds of women, whether from menopause, childbirth, or other illnesses, who suffer from vaginal dryness, irritation, and pain. Many women avoid or stop having sex altogether. Often times, women don’t discuss these symptoms with their healthcare providers because they feel broken, embarrassed, or hopeless.” The main barrier, she says, is vaginal dryness, which affects more than 50 percent of menopausal women. Dryness causes discomfort and pain that even common lubricants can’t help. There are pharmaceutical options, but most women don’t talk about it, not even with their doctors.” There are options with pharmaceutical products, but they require a prescription and are expensive. Estradiol vaginal preparations come in different forms, such as creams, suppositories, and inserts, such as Imvexxy. There is also a DHEA vaginal suppository for dryness. (Intrarosa) “I was recommending a compounded cream with DHEA for years, but it, too, needed a prescription,” Hammond says. She had a better idea: to create an over-the-counter cosmetic product, available without prescription that is effective in restoring vaginal function and intimacy to women. Working with a compounding pharmacist, Hammond developed two “highly effective formulas that support the body, promote pleasure, sexual satisfaction, and intimate wellness at every age. “Orovana Rejuvenate Vaginal Cream contains moisturizers and DHEA, a powerful pro-hormone that acts on tissues in the external vaginal area to help restore moisture, elasticity, and sensitivity. For women who are stressed and have difficulty relaxing, Orovana’s Sensate Intimate Pleasure Oil, a lubricant, contains high-potency CBD and CBN that promote relaxation and blood flow, leading to increased pleasure and better orgasms. It can also calm irritation and reduce vaginal tension and pain,” Hammond says. Carefully compounded ingredients, some that you may find in the kitchen pantry, are used in the products. Rejuvenate contains hydrating coconut oil, soothing Aloe Vera leaf extract, Hyaluronic acid to hold moisture, Vitamin E to nourish the tissues, and DHEA, known to enhance sexual function and sensitivity. Sensate Intimacy formula contains hemp oil for lubrication, CBD and CBN for relaxation and blood flow. Essential oils: Cacao; Cinnamon; Vanilla; and Peppermint to stimulate the senses for increased effect. Christine Farrell says Orovana has gotten rave results. “Patients say they find it increases vaginal moisture and sensitivity and, in some cases, increased libido. From my personal experience, I can say it works great and it’s safe.”
Orovana offers two products: Rejuvenate Cream with DHEA and Sensate Oil contains CBD and CBN to increase relaxation.
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