Ladies, let’s talk about menopause. How many of you have walked down the pharmacy aisle overwhelmed by lotions and tubes to help with the itchiness and dryness down there? Maybe you’re noticing less sex drive or starting to get hot flashes. Some of you are probably even thinking it’s way too early for menopause to begin! With so many products out there, we decided to do some research to help others like us.
First, it’s important to know that menopause is only one day in a woman's life. It's the day 12-months after her last period, so the transitional years leading up to that day is called perimenopause, while everything after is considered postmenopause. Most women experience menopause in their 40’s-50’s, and there are over 34 signs of menopause. While there are products on the market to address vaginal dryness, sleep, and hot flashes, they are often not backed by research or they are ineffective.
After digging into menopause solution brands and reading a ton of reviews, the two most popular brands helping women with menopause are Kindra and Bonafide.
Kindra is a community-based brand embracing the journey of menopause from peri to post.
They offer a wide range of clean, non-toxic products that are plant-based and estrogen-free unlike many drug store brands. Their supplement ingredients are backed by tons of clinical data, using super effective plant extracts and herbs, proven to relieve hot flashes, night sweats, and mood fluctuations, while improving libido, energy, and focus. The hero vaginal lotion boasts over 7 years scientific research, with a lot of consumer studies on real women! It’s made with super hydrating coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, safflower seed oil, and vitamin E, plus niacinamide to literally help rebuild the skin tissue that is dry and causing so much pain. It also comes with a specially designed applicator to keep it a mess-free experience.
What’s crazy is that unlike everything else in the market, this stuff ACTUALLY works. I saw on their site that 95% of women felt more moisturized down there in just 1 day, and the reviews really speak to that. Most of the reviews call it a “godsend” and talk about how they got their lives back which is amazing to see.
What makes Kindra unique is that they offer a quiz to customize a self-care routine designed specifically for you. They do this because no two women experience menopause in the same way. By understanding what you’re going through, they can provide the best care for you.
Bonafide is helping women by providing products that are non-prescription-based to treat women’s health issues. They use ingredients from nature as often as possible. All of their products are made with safe yet powerful ingredients, completely free from hormones. They have 3 core product offerings that provide relief from painful sex, hot flashes, and night sweats along with supplements.
They say that 84% of women experienced an improvement in vaginal dryness though I did see some reviews on how the inserts are a messy experience.
No one experiences menopause the same. This is why out of all the companies we’ve researched, our personal favorite is Kindra. They are women-founded and focus on destigmatizing menopause. Their products are highly customized for the consumer to provide relief through natural, scientifically-developed, and clinically-proven ingredients. You can take their quiz here to learn which regimen is best for you here. I talked to my gyno about the hyaluronic acid in the bonafide insert compared to Kindra lotion formula and she said that while it does temporarily relieve pain, Bonafide’s Reveree doesn’t provide long term healing like Kindra’s lotion does.
Also Comparing Kindra’s Core Supplement has ingredients that help with hot flashes majorly in a matter of weeks versus 3 months with Bonafide’s Realizen.
Many other brands we’ve researched use ingredients that are not ideal for the intimate area, or they don’t have nearly as much scientific research. They usually leverage a one size fits all approach. This is why we recommend Kindra to anyone on their menopause journey, it's by far the best and most customized company out there!