Vagina. There… now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about it.
This is actually how the incredible “Vagtails” happy hour started at the BlogHer conference. I immediately knew this was going to be real talk by some real experts. And I was right because we were joined by Naama Bloom, founder of HelloFlo and SVP of Media Integrated Marketing at SheKnows Media; Dr. Sherry Ross, award-winning OB-GYN, author and women’s health expert; and Keech Combe Shetty, co-CEO of Combe Inc., the makers of Vagisil and the granddaughter of the founders of Vagisil.
The panel was entertaining, informative and completely open. They encouraged women to talk about their bodies and take the shame out of it. Here are some fast facts that were shared during the sponsored event at BlogHer16:
- According to a study conducted by Vagisil, 35 percent of women are uncomfortable with the word vagina, and more than 50 percent of women in the study had never spoken about their vagina to anybody.
- There are more sweat glands in the vaginal area than in armpits, yet we aren’t afraid to talk about armpits!
- About 21 million women have vaginal dryness, yet 40 percent are embarrassed to talk to their doctor about it.
- More women have vaginal itch than they have a cold!
- Vaginal dryness doesn’t start when you’re older. It actually begins in your 20s. It’s not an everyday occurrence when you’re younger, but you definitely experience it.
- Vagisil was developed when another anti-itch product (not intended for vaginal itch) was being used to treat vaginal itch, so Combe’s grandfather researched and developed Vagisil because of the high demand, and it was launched in 1974.
- In the ’80s, Combe’s grandfather had to testify before the FTC for the right to say vagina on television. To this day, there is still a lot of pushback from networks about saying the word vagina.
- The skin on your vagina is aging just like the skin on your face is, so take care of it just like you do your face!
- Vagisil developed a product that you can use before your night begins so you don’t have to worry about dryness while you are out on that special date night.
- Hormonal changes trigger dryness. Breastfeeding and menopause cause estrogen to drop, which can cause dryness in women.
Hearing all the facts really made me more comfortable and inspired me to talk to as many women as possible about women’s health and our vaginas. We only have one body, so we need to care for it from our most open to our most intimate, and I am glad Vagisil supports that.
Check out this video recap of Vagtails!