mae by damiva
“Get ready to feel like a teenager again – but with better judgement.”
Vaginal dryness: it’s something few women wish to discuss with a partner, friends, even with their doctors. But why? Is it because it seems “unsexy” to experience dryness? Or is it because individual women assume that, since it’s rarely a topic of conversation, they are the only ones to suffer from it? Whatever the reason is, we’re here to tell you that vaginal dryness is perfectly normal and completely natural!
Who gets it?
Although loss of vaginal moisture is most common among women who have passed menopause, it can affect younger women due to hormonal issues (during breast feeding for example) or as a side-effect of taking certain medications, such as those prescribed for asthma or containing antihistamines. It is a condition that is widespread, with 85 per cent of postmenopausal women experiencing symptoms and 40 per cent having pain with intercourse as a result of dryness.
What is mae?
Mae is a vaginal moisturizer that is suitable for long-term use. It is not a traditional lubricant but rather a means of ensuring the vagina stays as moist and comfortable as it would be under ideal conditions.
The all-natural formulation contains no water or alcohol, both of which dehydrate the delicate mucous membrane of the vagina over time. Instead, Mae contains emollient plant butters for silky lubrication, and hyaluronic acid—a moisturizer manufactured naturally by the body. Vitamin E is added instead of harsh chemical preservatives such as parabens to prevent microbial growth, and the ovules are sealed in air-tight packaging to prevent degradation.
Mae is optimized to a pH of 3.7. When the vaginal pH increases, the risk of bacterial vaginosis also increases. The ovules contain only six ingredients, rated as low hazard (0 or 1) by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetics database. Mae is also free from hormones and can be safely used by women on hormonal therapies.
What is vaginal atrophy?
When hormone levels begin to wane during perimenopause (the 10 or so years that precede the cessation of the menstrual cycle), the vagina loses its natural lubrication. This leads to shrinkage of the delicate tissues and consequent shortening of the vaginal canal. In turn, this may cause a burning sensation and/or bleeding, although these symptoms are not common and warrant a visit to the doctor.
While much of this atrophy can be prevented, lubricating the vagina has always been a temporary means of making sexual activity more comfortable. The primary cause of discomfort—an ongoing lack of moisture—is not addressed.
Used regularly, Mae will help ameliorate the discomforts associated with vaginal atrophy by restoring the natural moisture of the vaginal tissues.
Reduced incidence of infection
The cells that form the vaginal walls also produce natural sugars that support the healthy flora (good bacteria) in the vagina. These bacteria in turn secrete lactic acid, which helps maintain optimal vaginal pH. The correct pH keeps unhealthy bacteria in check and reduces the likelihood and incidence of infections. When the vaginal walls thin, the natural sugars are depleted. This causes the pH to become less acidic and so infections are more likely to develop.
Mae contains sucrose, a sugar that supports healthy bacterial growth and therefore helps reduce infection. (A 2010 studyi reported in the Chinese Medical Journal showed that sucrose is as effective as the antifungal metronidazole in preventing bacterial vaginosis.)
Zeng, z., et al, Directed shift of vaginal ﬂora after topical application of sucrose gel in a phase 3 clinical trial: a novel treatment for bacterial vaginosis Chinese Medical Journal 2010;123(15):2051-2057.