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The Short Version: Menopause can sound like a scary word to some, but it’s a chapter of life most women will experience. People with a uterus often struggle with symptoms like vaginal dryness, irritation, and hot flashes during menopause — all of which can impact both their comfort and overall quality of life. No one wants to sweat in their sleep or feel pain when they’re trying to be intimate with their partner, so Bonafide Health has stepped in to change the menopause game. Bonafide’s product, Revaree, has harnessed the hormone-free power of hyaluronic acid to provide relief and hope to anyone needing it.
Getting older can be a truly beautiful thing. As you age, you gain experience, wisdom, and memories. Sure, you may also start to gain a few more gray hairs and smile lines, but those are just signs that you’ve had the blessing of living — feeling every emotion, turning moments into memories, and sharing time and space with those you love.
There is something special about aging for women, especially. Whether they are daughters, mothers, sisters, or anything in between, the chapters of life that women experience can be powerful and impactful to the world. Despite this, some phases of growing older can have less favorable effects when it comes to living with a uterus.
Menopause, which typically occurs around age 51 in the U.S., is often seen as a blessing and a curse simultaneously. While it means the end of regular menstrual cycles which is often seen as a perk, other symptoms of menopause aren’t as pleasant for some.
Hot flashes, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and weight gain are a few of the drawbacks to going through menopause. These effects can be detrimental not only to the physical comfort of people with a uterus, but at times their emotional health is impacted by menopause as well. One of the most frustrating and confusing symptoms of this phase is vaginal dryness.
Many people in middle age and beyond prefer to have an active sex life, regardless of whether they are in a long-term partnership. There are plenty of benefits to being sexually active later in life, but for women and people with a uterus this becomes tricky when menopause is involved. Vaginal dryness affects almost half of women during menopause , but Harvard Medical School reports that as many as 90% of women don’t seek treatment for it.
Struggling with vaginal dryness in menopause doesn’t have to be the only option, and leaving it unaddressed can negatively affect your sex life — whether you’re solo or in a committed relationship. This is where Bonafide Health comes in: women experiencing this symptom — and others — can use Revaree, Bonafide’s vaginal moisturizer specifically designed to tackle issues related to menopause.
There is an astounding lack of emphasis placed on supporting women through menopause in the medical world. Even though it impacts everyone with a uterus, 75% of people who seek treatment for their menopause symptoms remain untreated by medical professionals. As a result, they continue to struggle with things like hot flashes or pain during sex, which can be defeating and even lead to feelings of hopelessness.
Alyssa Dweck, MD, is a gynecologist and the Chief Medical Officer of Bonafide Health. In her work with menopause patients, she has seen many cases of hormone imbalance and the specific consequences resulting from it. To this end, she and the team at Bonafide created Revaree, a mess-free and hormone-free solution to several menopause symptoms.
According to Alyssa, these symptoms fall under a condition known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause, or GSM.
“[GSM] describes a collection of symptoms that are typically caused by the lower diminished estrogen level that occurred during menopause,” she said. “The symptoms of most concern would be dryness, irritation, itching, sometimes a discharge, but very importantly: pain during intercourse. Some of the general urinary type symptoms that come about, like frequency and urgency, are not related to a UTI, but more related to the low estrogen levels present at this time.”
Experiencing things like vaginal dryness or itching and burning on a regular basis can be frustrating and uncomfortable, to say the least. Without proper treatment to target the issues that come along with low estrogen levels, many women can be left alone to face them for the long-term. Products like Revaree are specifically made to target those symptoms and provide a consistent, easy-to-use solution for anyone going through menopause.
If you’ve spent any time scrolling on social media apps like TikTok, you’re probably aware that skincare is all the rage these days. Many people seem to place high priority on keeping up a thorough, quality skincare routine — and sticking with it.
Whether it’s the viral snail mucin serum or chemical exfoliants, everyone is going wild for solid skincare products with simple, straightforward ingredients. One of the products you can’t miss if you know anything about skincare is quite possibly the most popular: hyaluronic acid.
While hyaluronic acid, or HLA, does have amazing benefits when used on your face, it is often overlooked as a product that can be used elsewhere. In fact, many people don’t know that HLA has incredible hydrating properties that can benefit women struggling with menopause symptoms, as well.
“Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural substance that we all make, but it declines with age. It’s a moisturizer, and we use it in many fields of medicine — dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, rheumatology… its moisturizing properties are super important,” Alyssa explained.
The moisturizing effect HLA offers can directly counteract vaginal dryness and irritation experienced by people going through menopause. Revaree’s primary ingredient is HLA, and according to Alyssa, each molecule of HLA is capable of retaining 1,000 times its weight in water. That’s an impressive level of hydration — and one that many women going through menopause can appreciate.
Most people with a uterus have had frustrating experiences with various feminine care products a time or two. You’re not alone if you’ve struggled with a UTI, a yeast infection, or dealing with your menstrual cycle — and their products. Some can be messy and uncomfortable to use, but for women going through menopause, Revaree has been specifically designed to reduce those frustrations.
Revaree is a small vaginal insert made with HLA, and is a mess-free alternative to other menopause products on the market. Unlike others that involve creams or applicators — which usually lead to leaky messes and unnecessary waste — Revaree is simply inserted into the vagina with a finger, and gets to work without a mess or a trace left behind.
Beyond its practical benefits, Alyssa also notes that other products have typically relied on hormone-based methods, which don’t work for everyone.
“The standard care that’s always been recommended for GSM has always been estrogen, but many women don’t want to take estrogen, even vaginal estrogen, or can’t due to specific preferences or medical problems,” she said. “So we have found over time that hyaluronic acid can be a fantastic alternative to vaginal estrogen.”
The symptoms of menopause can worsen with continued hormonal issues. Hormone imbalances in people experiencing menopause are common, so it makes sense that medical providers and patients would prefer to avoid using a product in which estrogen is an ingredient.
Revaree targets vaginal dryness and irritation, and it can help people with a uterus continue to have an active, pleasurable sex life. As Alyssa mentioned, pain with sex is a common struggle many women in menopause experience, so the long-term and rejuvenating moisture that the HLA in Revaree provides can ease much of that pain and frustration — allowing women and their partners to feel more in control and comfortable within their sexual connection.
Beyond its powerful ingredient and mess-free use, Revaree can provide both hope and relief to women struggling through this chapter in their life. While there is still a ways to go in the medical world’s understanding and treatment of menopause, companies like Bonafide are working hard to lift women up as they age, and empower them to keep living a full, healthy life.