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Olga CohenHi, I’m Olga Cohen

I’ve owned a cosmetic manufacturing plant for over 22 years so I’ve spent most of my life helping women like myself look good.  But when I hit menopause at 43, and experienced the discomfort of vaginal dryness that came with it, I realized I needed to do more to help us all feel good too.

Fortunately, through my experience developing and manufacturing beauty products I had extensive knowledge of special natural oils and other natural ingredients.  I have always used natural oils to moisturize my body, not moisturizing lotion. So it made sense to me that what works on the outside could work internally as well.

With the help of Dr. Leo Galland, we’ve blended 4 different natural oils to help fight vaginal dryness, and that’s how Vaginal Renewal Complex® was born.

Of course, I was the first to test the Vaginal Renewal Complex®.  And when I went to see my gynecologist she was shocked!  She said she didn’t recognize my vagina – it looked ten years younger!  Now the Vaginal Renewal Complex® has been perfected, tested and is ready for you.  And I am so glad to let you in on my little secret.

In addition to great tips on fighting the side effects of menopause, stay tuned here at Olga’s Blog for more advice and lively conversations about looking and feeling great no matter your age or reason for needing vaginal renewal.

 

Take Care of Your Body Inside and Out!

When I was growing up, my mother taught me how to take care of my body. I would see her moisturizing her entire body every day, including her face. But, the one thing that she never warned me about was the possibility of getting stretch marks when I was pregnant. She had two children and never had a mark on her. I, on the other hand, developed horrible stretch marks with my first pregnancy.

I was very young and just assumed that they would go away after the baby was born. I was very wrong. They have been part of my body more than half my life. It was embarrassing for a young girl, as I was 19 when my first child was born.

stretch-marks-397x300When my girls were pregnant, I filled up a bottle of the best essential oils I could gather and told them to coat their stomachs with oil to give the elasticity to that area. Upper thighs were also important. Guess what, it worked! My oldest daughter did not have a mark on her body. Even my youngest daughter, who was pregnant with twins, rubbed oil over her stomach and thighs twice a day, delivered her baby boys naturally, and does not have a mark on her.

It works the same way internally. Our vaginas need to be lubricated in order to allow our skin to have the same elasticity and suppleness. Shea oil is a wonderful moisturizer, as is evening primrose oil which contains GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid). Vaginal Renewal Complex does just that.

There are many causes of vaginal dryness; menopause, surgeries, cancer, chemo therapy and radiation, autoimmune disorders, even childbirth can cause vaginal dryness.

It’s hard enough watching our bodies change when we are pregnant, but we know we will recover and with exercise and diet and the right moisturizer we will return to normal.

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Whether you are menopausal (peri or post) or have just given birth, or struggling with other conditions that make your body dry, don’t forget to moisturize INSIDE AND OUT.

We are always looking for a better solution to help with our bodies. So, we are giving our Intensive Facial Reviatizer Complex a little face lift and are now adding ARGON OIL to our mix of wonderful ingredients and re-naming it Anti-Aging Serum.

Give yourself a gift and listen to my little secret: keep yourself moisturized inside and out.

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Menopause Awareness Month 2016

I had a play-date with one of my Grandkids last week, along with her friend. We were going to an arcade to have lunch and play some games. Before we left, she went to the bathroom; I heard her call “Grammy, can you please come here! I got my period and it’s all over my underwear!”

Not to worry, with 9 grandkids, of which 4 are girls, I am always prepared with the necessities when one of them gets their period. Out came the sanitary pads, new underwear and we were good to go.

But, she is young to have a period; she’s only 10 years old and has had it for about 6 months. When she first started menstruating, she didn’t want to tell her friends because none of them had gotten their periods as yet and she was embarrassed.

But this friend just knew what was up.

She said she hadn’t “gotten hers” as yet, but her mother had given her books to read and had several discussions with her as to why a girl gets a period. I was astounded at how this little girl knew about ovaries, ovulation and menstruation. She explained to my Granddaughter details that I had not even thought to tell her “why girls get their periods.”

With a little discomfort and cramps, the three of us climbed in my car and off we went to play games and there they were, just little girls again.

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I remember my first period. I was 12 years old and alone in my house. I called my mom who was visiting with my relatives. She immediately told my Grandmother, my Uncle, and of course my dad that I had now become a woman! I struggled with awful monthly periods. Sometimes I would have to stay in bed for a whole day because the cramps were so intolerable.

PMS was middle name. I would bleed for at least a week, but I was always regular at 28 days. Even after three pregnancies, the painful cramps didn’t subside, and to make matters worse, I developed endometriosis, which was like someone stabbing me in the ovaries every month.

So, when I went into early menopause I wasn’t a bit upset. How great, that at 43 with no more periods, I didn’t have any more cramps or Endometriosis pain.

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For me, both! I suffered with a difficult menopause. If there was a symptom, I had it. I suffered with hot flashes, night sweats, irritation, dry skin, and vaginal dryness! I simply couldn’t take the debilitating symptoms and opted to go on a full regime of hormone therapy.

I must say it helped somewhat, but after 10 years of heavy duty estrogen and progesterone, I weaned off and low and behold ALL my symptoms returned and I was back where I started.

Many years have passed since the onset of menopause (both peri and post) and believe it or not I still get hot flashes every day, but one thing has changed for me–I don’t suffer from vaginal dryness any longer.

I have been on my own regime of Vaginal Renewal Complex for over 6 years and the irritation and dryness are gone. Sex is more comfortable and I feel great!!

Whether you’re 10 years old or 60 years old, talking and communicating with other women about what’s happening to your body is the most important gift you can give.

We are Women Helping Women. It’s Menopause Awareness Month. Keep the conversation going!

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Cycling will kill you (but not really!)

By Miriam Greene, M.D.

As always it is a treat when we have a blog by Dr. Miriam Greene. She covers topics that we don’t always know or talk about, but are so important. I have had several clients who are cyclists. Several have used Vaginal Renewal Complex to help relieve the effects of cycling and how it can cause vaginal dryness.

Who would think that being an avid cyclist can cause so many different symptoms (one of which is vaginal dryness)? Dr. Greene, however, have had a few very interesting episodes with some of her patients who are cyclist and have had multiple problems. She asked that we share them with you.

So far I’ve been a witness to at least 3 different stories where cycling will kill you. Not really! However, if you do a lot of cycling inside or outside, think about this when you’re having “issues.”

cycling-148956_1280Case #1:

This one required a little surgery….Ahem!

In this instance, my patient had an unusually long labia minora. (Don’t laugh-this happens) This can be genetic or as years go by the labia majora loses fat, and with walking, jogging, or cycling, the labia minora will rub together and lengthen.

Every time my patient cycled, the labia being unprotected became irritated and painful. A minor office procedure (some docs will do this in day surgery) called a labioplasty can solve the problem. And it did. She was back to cycling in 4 weeks: Pain free!

Case #2:

This involved a young 22 year old. She called me c/o irritation and burning on the left upper thigh and vulvar area. She loved cycling. The chronic rubbing of her thighs with pedaling induced severe mechanical stress to the thigh area.

When I saw that she developed Shingles (WOW diagnosing this threw me for a loop) I treated her with an anti-viral called vancyclovir.  She recovered but of course this episode further convinced me that cycling will kill you…

Until the final case which gets the Oscar for best cycling story.

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Case #3:

I received an email with a photo from a patient who was in the Emergency Room. Why? Her entire right leg was bruised, swollen and about 5 times the size of her other leg.

The pain she was experiencing was so very intense that she needed a strong narcotic, dilaudid, to quell the pain. The ER staff was bewildered as to what was wrong with the leg–was it a blood clot, vasculitis, Lyme disease?

Nooooo…! I knew that this patient was an avid cyclist so I asked, “Did you recently ride?”

She said, “As a matter of fact my spouse and I just completed a 100 mile ride over the course of 4 days.”

Aha! I explained that she probably ruptured a small blood vessel in her thigh muscle. Over time this slowly bled into the thigh muscle creating what we call a compartment syndrome–blood in an enclosed space! The pressure was so intense the bleeding eventually stopped, but not without causing enormous pain and disfigurement.

Once the bleeding stops the blood will reabsorb and the condition will correct itself. After a 2-day hospital stay, and multiple tests, all professionals agreed that the cycling was the cause. It would take weeks to months before complete reabsorption limiting the patient’s activities…

So there’s nothing more to say except.. Tennis anyone?!

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You Ask, and We Listen…and Listen, and Listen

Two years ago we introduced INTENSIVE FACIAL REVITALIZER COMPLEX. The response was wonderful and IFRC became a standalone item in our product line.

But, we always look to improve our ingredients when we can. Our technical team has now been working on introducing an eighth ingredient to our very natural and fine group…Argan Oil.

Argan oil, which is best known for is healing attributes, was referred to as “the tree of life” oil. It is produced from the fruit of the argan tree, mostly found in Morocco.

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Argan oil is produced by the fruit of the argan tree.

Argan oil contains high levels of Vitamin E, Omega 3, 6, and 9 which all affects the health of one’s body. It nourishes and revitalizes the texture of the skin to help reduce wrinkles. It is also known to help with scars, and, very important, it helps prevent stretch marks during pregnancy (I wish I had known about this remarkable oil when I was pregnant, because I have stretch marks from my first pregnancy). It also strengthens nails and when applied to the hair, it helps with women’s hair loss by strengthening the roots.

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The Argan tree is native to Morocco

Not only is it known as a very fine cosmetic ingredient, the medical attributes are also extensive. It’s got a nutty flavor, it’s natural, and there are many chefs use it by seasoning their meals with argan oil.

We know that IFRC is a wonderful oil and we’re not changing it– we’re just giving it a little face lift. That’s why I thought I would share with you some of the comments I have received from customers who use IFRC:

**DC wrote: “Use this every night before bed. Works wonders! I started receiving compliments.”

**SM (RN) wrote: “This is a wonderful product. I tell all my patients about it. It helped calm my rosacea too!”

**WC wrote: “I have been having the worst time this allergy season with runny and puffy eyes. It occurred to me that Intensive Facial Revitalizer Complex may be just the fix and it is. No more puffy eyes. This product is the best on the market. None other comes close.”

However, even with all the kind words, we still felt it could be better. I can’t wait to hear what they’ll say after using our updated oil. I have been testing our NEW oil and if you think that Intensive Facial Revitalizer Complex is good, wait until you try our newest addition.

We even had to give it a new name: ANTI AGING SYRUM (with 5% Argan oil)

My little secret: I’m going to fight the aging process as best I can, and Grohen is about looking and feeling really good–and most of all enjoying life!

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Happy Summer!

It’s been some time since I have sat down to write a blog. It’s been such a hectic summer. I can hardly believe it is August and the summer is almost over.

a little bit swirlyThe kids are going back to school. I have had one granddaughter graduate from Stony Brook University and another grandson who graduated high school and is off to University of Colorado at the end of this month. Time is just flying by.

But in line with so many other personal things going on in my life, I have had the opportunity of meeting some new women along the way. We have had some really good conversations about their issues and how they feel when they go on our Vaginal Renewal Complex regimen. Some have even been so kind as to recommend their doctors to me and that has proven to be quite successful.

I spoke with a woman recently whose doctor recommended three over-the-counter products (ours was one of them). She is a naturalist and was quite surprised that all but VRC contained artificial preservatives, water and an array of other ingredients that she did not want to insert into her vagina.

But, her problems were many and we talked about her symptoms. I am hopeful that with the help of Vaginal Renewal Complex at least some of her debilitating condition is alleviated. So far so good! I like to keep in touch so I can hear about her progress.

Another woman I spoke with recently has–as so many of you–had real difficulty having sexual intercourse with her husband. Once again I suggested that she use Vaginal Renewal Complex every day for a couple of weeks and then reduce it to five times weekly. Success! She was smiling again as was her husband, who thanked me for taking the time to speak with both of them.

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I was also fortunate to have been on the Lou Paget Show “Sex talk with Lou” on July 11th. It was an hour of honest conversation about sexual behavior and how I came to develop Vaginal Renewal Complex. Lou has been an advocate of our product and has helped me get the word out there. You should check her out as well as my interview. Lou has quite a resume of success as a certified sex educator, author, and radio host.

I don’t know about you, but as I get older, not only do I find that I need help with vaginal dryness, but my body also gets flakey and dry as well as my lips. I keep moisturizing sticks all around the house. Though it makes me feel better, it doesn’t last or change the texture of my dry lips, so we have decided to start working on a moisture stick that actually will make ones lips feel moist and help heal that chapped feeling; I’ll keep you posted!

My little secret: We are always creating new and innovative products to make our bodies feel better, with natural ingredients that are healthy and truly do something special for all of us.

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