JuvaGyn claims to be an advanced, water-based intimate moisturizer that relieves symptoms of vulvo-vaginal dryness, including burning, itching, and discomfort during intercourse.
The formula is made by Neogyn—a brand previously reviewed here at HighYa with less-than-stellar results due mainly to their high prices and mandatory auto-ship membership with purchase.
Does JuvaGyn really offer soothing relief for your most sensitive areas? We’ll take a closer look.
Who Is JuvaGyn For & What Does It Claim To Do?
While most frequently associated with hormonal changes, JuvaGyn claims that vulvo-vaginal dryness isn’t just a postmenopausal problem.
According to the website, 85% of women experience vulvo-vaginal dryness at some point. The loss of personal moisture can result from a range of changes, including breastfeeding, childbirth, taking certain medications, vigorous exercise, and high stress levels.
Because JuvaGyn is hormone-free, it’s fine for use by women of all ages, and promises fast-acting, long-lasting hydration to restore your personal comfort.
In addition to relief from dryness, JuvoGyn claims to help delicate vulvo-vaginal tissues regain integrity and elasticity. The product’s website even warns that some women experience a discharge after initial use which, they claim, is the elimination of dry skin.
How JuvoGyn “enhances the renewal process” isn’t explored, so we’re left assuming that the claim is based on the effects of restored moisture—and that the formula doesn’t include any additional emollients.
Wondering if that’s even possible?
Responding to the question of how to best treat vaginal dryness on Sharecare.com, Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson states that there’s at least one clinical study documenting that feminine moisturizers, such as K-Y Liquibeads and Replens, increase the thickness of vaginal lining. However, we were unable to locate any research that supported her statement.
While Menopause.org mentions only estrogen-based therapies as effective at increasing the thickness and elasticity of vaginal lining, there is at least one publication that offers an alternative to hormonal treatments: The Physiological Basis of Rehabilitation Medicine claims that regular sexual activity works to tighten and tone vaginal lining effectively—a more appealing option than added medications, for sure.
How JuvaGyn Is Different From Sexual Lubricants
Depending on the formula, sexual lubricants are generally intended to be applied right before use.
Alternatively, JuvaGyn is a personal moisturizer intended to be applied every 1-3 days—with the promise of delivering moisture over a longer period of time. However, the product also claims to provide extra hydration during intimate moments, and is safe to use more or less frequently on an as-needed basis.
Should you choose to use JuvaGyn as a sexual lubricant, note that the FAQ section of the product’s website states that JuvaGyn hasn’t been tested for compatibility with condoms—an important distinction for those who depend on latex barriers for protection.
Either way you choose to use JuvaGyn, the product’s website states that just a dab or two will do. Should you experience a buildup of moisture, they recommend waiting several days before your next application.
Also note that you’re advised to stop using JuvaGyn several days before any pap smear, so that the formula doesn’t interfere with your examination.
JuvaGyn’s Intimate Details
JuvaGyn’s product website fails to provide a complete list of ingredients. However, while we can’t examine what’s in the formula, they do provide plenty of information about what isn’t.
To start, JuvaGyn’s formula is hormone-free—an important distinction for many women who would like to avoid the potential risks of hormone-based treatments. The formula is also:
- Paraben free
- Fragrance free
- Contains no coloring agents
The product’s website states that JuvaGyn has been gynecologist-tested, but doesn’t give any evidence to support their claims.
How To Purchase JuvaGyn
JuvaGyn is available at CVS drugstores without a prescription. Want to stock up? A coupon for $2 off a JuvaGyn purchase of two products or more is available here.
Since you can purchase JuvaGyn at your neighborhood CVS, I’m befuddled as to why anyone would choose to order the product online. However, JuvaGyn is available for purchase online—or, at least, appeared to be.
Should you click on the “Get Started” button to purchase a 15ml bottle for $19.99, you’re redirected to an As Seen On TV purchase page for JuvaGyn’s sister product, Neogyn. Slightly disconcerting as, not only does Neogyn have very similar claims to JuvaGyn, but, as we mentioned in our review of Neogyn that some users found it actually worsened their dryness and irritation.
Does this mean that JuvaGyn is just a repackaged version of less-successful Neogyn? Unfortunately, without a list of ingredients, it’s nearly impossible to tell.
Does JuvaGyn Help Ease Vulvo-Vaginal Dryness?
In the same set of answers on Sharecare, Dr. Harry Fisch states that the easiest solution to vaginal dryness is the use of a high-quality lubricant, both for sex and simply to ease day-to-day dryness.
For daily non-sex-related dryness, Fisch suggests that you apply a small amount of lubricant to the outside or inside parts of the vagina to increase comfort. For use during sex, try gently massaging a drop of gel onto the clitoris and/or vulva.
What about JuvaGyn’s claims of lasting hydration?
Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson states that, unlike sexual lubricants which are intended to only provide temporary relief, feminine moisturizers formulas cling to the cell lining the vaginal wall for longer-lasting effectiveness.
In an audiocast at the Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Dr. Michael L. Krychman mentions several feminine moisturizers, including JuvaGyn, when exploring new treatment options for vaginal atrophy. His opinion is that feminine moisturizers can, indeed, help relieve dryness. However, they’re more effective when combined with additional treatments—and that women who are experiencing ongoing discomfort from dryness are better off consulting with their doctor before choosing an over-the-counter treatment.
Bottom Line On JuvaGyn
When it comes to solutions meant for your most intimate areas, we’re less trusting of lesser-known name brands. For those interested in trying JuvaGyn, it’s worth perusing available feminine moisturizers at the pharmacy, being sure to compare both ingredients and costs.
Not interested in pharmacy standbys such as K-Y? One of the highest-rated feminine moisturizers we were able to find is Creme De La Femme, available on Amazon at $33 for three 1.15 oz tubes.
Finally, if your vulvo-vaginal dryness is persisting to the point of ongoing discomfort, we agree with Dr. Kyrchman’s advice to ask your gynecologist for product recommendations that are best suited to help.