Sarah de la Torre, M.D., FACOG, DipABLM, Joylux Chief Medical Officer
Colette Courtion, Joylux Founder and CEO
Menopause is a natural phase that affects half of the world's population. Regrettably, this transitional period in women's lives is often shrouded in societal taboos. The physical changes that women experience during menopause can significantly impact their intimate health making this topic even more stigmatized. In medical terms these changes are known as Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) and millions of women silently endure these challenges, often unaware that they are not alone in their suffering.
As pioneers in the field of GSM, we have had the privilege of hearing from more than 30,000 women on their struggles, in addition to closely following the journeys of 4,564 women over the span of two years, providing one of the largest and most comprehensive data sets on GSM to-date.
The information we’ve collected unequivocally reveals that symptoms impacting intimate health are exceptionally prevalent and profoundly disruptive to women’s quality of life. We also know that women need better education, approachable solutions (one size does not fit all) and an honest dialogue about their intimate health during this transformative phase.
On this World Menopause Day 2023, we are proud to release this report with the hope that women will clearly see they are not alone. Sexual health is vital to women’s overall health and wellbeing. Our goal with this data is to help women feel empowered to seek the support they need and deserve. Broadly speaking, by understanding the obstacles women face, we can foster more open and constructive dialogue about intimate health and break down this taboo. Because, when women thrive, the world thrives.