The Associated Press reported this week on the marketing of a new line of menopause products – “a line of products that target 50 million American women who are or will soon go through menopause. Priced between $3.99 and $7.99, the line includes lubricant for vaginal dryness, panty freshener stickers and feminine wash for odor and cooling towelettes and roll-on gel for women having hot flashes.” Excerpt:
Feminine washes are usually not recommended by many doctors, says Dr. Lauren F. Streicher, a gynecologist and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. And products that mask vaginal odor could cause people to not treat what is causing that symptom in the first place, she added.
“The idea of covering it up with a freshener is an inappropriate approach,” Streicher said. “I’m thrilled people are paying attention, but I don’t want to see people taken advantage of.”
And USA Today reports:
But do we really need more products that suggest women, basically, stink? The new “daily freshness” products — like all the sprays, douches and fresheners before them — might actually be harmful, doctors say.
“Vaginal odor is not a common symptom that patients come to doctors with,” or a problem that becomes more common during menopause, says Elisa Ross, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Cleveland Clinic. When a woman does notice an unusual odor, she might have an infection, Ross says: “Very few doctors recommend these wash products because they can mask symptoms that should be brought to a doctor’s attention. They can also cause irritation themselves.”
Also this week, Liz Scherer, on her Flashfree: Not Your Mama’s Menopause blog, wrote, “Politicizing Menopause.” Read the entire post for yourself. But I wanted to grab two excerpts: