Creme de la Femme
The Woman Doctor Who Created Creme de la Femme
Dr. Marilynn Pratt first formulated Creme de la Femme in a California laboratory over 25 years ago. Then she spent three years testing her vaginal lubricant among her own patients. Today it is used and trusted by women nationwide, and is recommended by doctors and pharmacists who consider it a wonderful, safe alternative to the dangers associated with other over-the-counter vaginal lubricants.
Sounds like an easy success story, but it wasn’t. In fact, each step forward was part of Dr. Pratt’s long and passionate campaign for a vaginal dryness treatment that could truly work for every woman who wanted to use it.
Dr. Pratt’s patients asked for an answer
It was Dr. Pratt’s own patients who gave her the original idea for Creme de la Femme. Founder of the Los Angeles Women's Institute & Health Center, she frequently heard them complain about uncomfortable vaginal dryness and fruitless attempts to relieve it with runny, gooey products that dried up too quickly.
Most of those women were dealing with menopausal vaginal dryness, the natural decrease in vaginal moisture that happens when estrogen levels fall too low. Some lived with only occasional vaginal irritation; others suffered from chronic chaffing, bleeding and even infection. Sex was painful for them, and often for their partners as well.
So Dr. Pratt set out to develop something better
She wanted a hormone-free, unscented, ultra-sheer vaginal cream that would melt into silky moisture immediately upon contact. It could not contain alcohol or dyes because they would irritate already tender vaginal tissue. She also wanted a 100% glycerin-free blend, so that even diabetic women could use it. And she wanted a self-cleansing formula that would never leave a messy residue or require follow-up douching.
Dr. Pratt knew that there were many causes of vaginal dryness. But in every case, the only real solution would be a mineral oil-based lubricant. Unfortunately, at that time, many practitioners worried that such a product might block the vaginal pores and lead to infection.
Determined to settle the question once-and-for-all, Dr. Pratt thoroughly examined some 68,000 relevant professional journal articles and found that not a single one linked oil-based lubricants to vaginal irritation or infection.
The results of 3 years of clinical trials
Next she tested her lubricant on interested patients at the L.A. Women’s Institute. Over the course of 36 months, not a single case of subsequent vaginal infection was reported.
In fact, Creme de la Femme actually lowered women’s risk because it protected delicate tissue from irritation and resulting infection.
What’s more, by keeping vaginal tissue moist and supple, the lubricant helped prevent trauma from intercourse and, so, lowered the rate of bladder infection among users.
Fast approaching its 25th birthday, Creme has far exceeded Dr. Pratt’s expectations. Women love the totally natural texture of the lubricant. It’s so subtle that they hardly know it’s there. Yet its silky-smooth moisture lasts for hours.
Some women apply Creme only for intercourse. Most prefer to apply it daily. A fingertip amount, applied externally after shower or bath, is sometimes adequate. Usually women opt to apply the lubricant internally, with an accompanying applicator.