My Friend Violet is on a mission to break through those barriers that keep women from embracing whole-self wellness and experiencing the comfort and confidence they deserve to have with their own bodies. With accurate information, trusted products and safe community support, Violet will lead the way by elevating VQ (Vaginal Intelligence).
‘Wellness Watchdog’ is a term borrowed from the Global Wellness Summit. It refers to the organizations and companies that are monitoring the safety and reliability of information, products, and services offered under the wellness category. My Friend Violet is committed to be your Women’s Wellness Watchdog.
After receiving several thousand survey responses within a 24-hour window, My Friend Violet realized the desperate need women had to learn, talk, and remedy their shared problems with vaginal discomforts and insecurities. Women ranging in age from 20s to 70s were struggling to enjoy everyday joys such as bike riding, dancing, working out, going for hikes, having sex, or even wearing certain kinds of underwear because of vaginal pain, dryness, or itchiness.
Women of all shapes and sizes shared other body confidence concerns. Triggered by hormones or simply by hot temps, women were tired of sweat in embarrassing places and/or the discomfort of hot flashes. Whether working out, dancing on a Saturday night, or speaking in front of a group, perspiration build-up in those private cracks and crevices, under boobs, and between thighs hinders confidence and comfort. Violet believed that women could have confidence from being more in charge of how our bodies respond under certain circumstances.
My Friend Violet began researching what exists out there for vaginal wellness and those specific “hot topics” above. She found tons of gimmicky products and even more misinformation about vaginal and sexual wellness. Social media and pop-culture publications in the beauty and wellness spaces were selling products and services based on perpetuated misconceptions about our precious parts. In fact, the more she looked, the more My Friend Violet felt dismayed by the messages women were getting about their vaginas not being pretty enough, not smelling right, and being inadequate in a variety of other ways. Steaming, cleaning, polishing were being promoted as essential acts of self-care. Kegeling and orgasming were even being “treated” with products and services like the Kegel Throne and the O-Shot.
Richard Panek, a well-utilized science writer, wrote in his article on trusting the wellness industry: “In one of her New York Times columns, Jen Gunter characterized the wellness industry as being awash in “useless products and scientifically unsupported tests.”
Researchers generally rank reliable information on a scale from the exhaustive—meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials—to the anecdotal. Fair enough. But what if the products (and practices) were useful, and what if the science behind them was solid? The challenge today for advocates of legitimate wellness is to distinguish between wellness that is legitimate and wellness that is highly suspect. And one way to do that is to make sure scientific evidence is not just available but part of the conversation.”(See the whole article here).
“Let’s watch out for each other…spread the Vi!bes and elevate VQ!” – Your Friend Violet