This post is sponsored by Vagisil® & SheKnows Media.
I did something very interesting recently…I attended a panel discussion about “Life After Baby,” part of the Wine and Gyn series, moderated by Naama Bloom, founder, and CEO of HelloFlo. Bloom led a frank discussion of postpartum issues. Panelists included Logan Levkoff, Ph.D., sexuality educator, sexologist, and author; Dr. Jaquelline Perlman, gynecologist; and Keech Combe Shetty, co-CEO of Combe Inc. (the maker of Vagisil®). The message was simple: Every pregnancy is different, and every woman’s experience is different. But moms must take care of their physical and mental health first.
For me, my first pregnancy had been easy: I smiled at every child I saw and they smiled back at me. I had no morning sickness. I gained weight, but not much. Delivery was hard and uncomfortable work but not painful or lengthy, I recovered quickly, and my baby boy was a little angel. Fast-forward to my second pregnancy. I thought I pretty much knew what to expect. Wrong. The second time around, I suffered every indignity you can think of for a healthy expectant mother: foggy brain, morning sickness, swollen legs, breast pain, mood swings, exhaustion. And it didn’t end after the birth of my daughter.
The postpartum healing process was difficult, to say the least. I had two bouts of mastitis; my nipples were cracked and sore; my feet were swollen; my back ached. My son, by then a rambunctious yet affectionate 3-year-old, seemed like he’d become permanently attached to my left leg. My daughter wouldn’t latch, but she would cry… a lot, and loudly. I was exhausted and stressed. I love my children, but I felt like my own identity was disappearing. I had no interest in sex. My feminine area was extremely dry—a problem that affects 60 percent of women at some point. In my case, it was probably the result of breastfeeding, hormones, and stress. At my six-week checkup, my doctor gave the go-ahead for my husband and I to have sex again, but the idea of anything going into my vagina was simply overwhelming. I had just pushed a human being out! I managed to muddle through, but it could have been so, so much easier.
As for many women, rekindling intimacy with my husband was a major issue. As we had more sex, I began to feel like myself again—and it relieved a ton of stress. But before all of that, I had to fix my dry vagina. I wanted sex to be comfortable and to progress naturally. Using Vagisil® pH Balance Intimate Wash™ was step one. The wash is gentle, and it’s the only wash that contains LactoPrebiotic, which supports the growth of good bacteria in the vagina. Everyday use keeps the natural environment at the healthy pH level, and that means intimate skin stays healthy.
Step two? To quote panelist Logan Levkoff, Ph.D., “LUBE!” Vagisil’s new ProHydrate Natural Feel Gel™ works with the body’s natural lubrication. It works immediately, and it lasts a long time. And it contains no estrogen, perfumes, dyes, or preservatives. Each carton contains eight applications, which can provide 24 or more days of natural-feeling moisture. So, you feel like yourself whenever the mood strikes.