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Interview with JoyLux Advisor Dr. Sarah de la Torre

Sarah de la Torre
December 5, 2018 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments

Sarah de la Torre is a board-certified OB/GYN in private practice for over 15 years at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She is on the advisory board of JoyLux, the company behind the vFit Intimate Wellness Solution ($495 in the shop). Following my interview with JoyLux founder Collette Courtion, I quizzed Dr. Sarah about her experience with women's sexual wellness and how vFit's technology can help.

Marta: What issues and concerns do women have regarding vaginal wellness?

Dr. Sarah: Many women want to know that the things they are experiencing are “normal”. Questions range from appearance to changes in sensation and everything in between. Every woman is unique and beautiful in her own way and no two women are the same. The important thing for women is to share these questions with their doctor and work through solutions together. If you are not getting the answers you need from your doctor, you might want to look for a new doctor. Solutions now exist for many common concerns.

Marta: The Truth In Aging community is very familiar with LED light for skin anti-aging, can you help us understand how it can help conditions such as vaginal dryness and stress urinary incontinence?

Dr. Sarah: LED lights were invented by NASA back in the 1960’s and have been used since in a wide range of products. They are proven safe and effective. Light energy has been used for anti-aging of the facial skin for many years. The same concept applies to the skin of the pelvic floor.  In fact, it was Colette’s (JoyLux's founder) intersection of her background in beauty and medical aesthetic technologies, using light-based energy, that led her to start Joylux.

Marta: What is the best protocol for using vFit?

Dr. Sarah: Use vFit at home every other day for 45-60 days. Follow a gradual introduction to vFit by increasing your session duration over two weeks. Start with 6 minutes and work your way up to 10 minutes. After you have completed your 45-60 days, use vFit 1-2 times weekly for 10 minutes to maintain your results.

Marta: You’ve written about menopause – what is happening to women at this time and why does it affect their vulvovaginal well-being?

Dr Sarah: Some of the most uncomfortable and disconcerting symptoms of menopause involve the vagina.  While it’s become routine for women to talk to their girlfriends about hot flashes, genital symptoms can cause more embarrassment—enough so that some women are hesitant to reveal problems to their doctors, much less their friends.  These changes can lead to less satisfaction, comfort and confidence with intercourse. A healthy sex life is so important for women of all ages and is vital to their overall wellbeing.

Marta: What about younger women, what are the main causes of vaginal discomfort for them?

Dr. Sarah: Exercise, activities and intimate wellness are especially important to young women. Women worry about normal vaginal odor and what are the best hygiene practices.  They are also more likely to be exposed to sexually transmitted infections which can cause discomfort.  The good news is many younger women are more comfortable having proactive conversations with their doctors about these questions. Young women now have an opportunity that many of us did not have- the option to be proactive and utilize preventative care.

Nearly 75% of all adult women experience a yeast infection and many also may experience UTI’s (urinary tract infections). If you suspect a vaginal infection, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Even young women can suffer from painful intercourse and often these women think there is something wrong with their anatomy. Women who experience these symptoms need to talk with their doctor and have an exam to diagnose the issue and be able to start treatment. 

Marta: When women look at an array of treatments for vaginal/pelvic health, repair or to treat discomfort, what advice would you give them as they consider what’s right for them?

Dr. Sarah: Talk to their doctor to help find the solution that is best for them. The good news is that technology has finally begun to address women’s health and new solutions exist for these very real and important matters. You are not alone and your doctor has likely heard and seen this before so is poised to provide help and guidance. Changing your life, limiting activities you love and losing spontaneity is not normal and you don’t have to put up with this. Prioritize yourself and invest in your overall health and wellness.

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