Last week Hot Flash in The City re-emerged as a "threesome" with three events in three cities; West Vancouver (Kay Meek Theatre), Coquitlam (Evergreen Cultural Centre) and Vancouver (Scotiabank Theatre). The focus of the events was to educate women about vaginal health, sexual health, and the truth about hormones (among other related topics) and it was important that the education came from specialists in the area of women’s health and cardiology. It was great hearing from Dr. Unjali Malhotra (NAMS certified women’s health specialist) and also Dr. John Vyselaar (Cardiologist). It was also an honour to have had co-hosts Lynda Steele, of the Lynda Steele Show on CKNW at the Scotia Theatre, as well as Cathy Cena, of Catching up With Cathy, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam.
The evenings began with a cocktail reception with a wine donation from Barefoot Ladies which was a nice compliment to the appetizers provided by Teva, a women’s health company specializing in hormone therapy. The ~200 women at each event were then ushered into the theatre to view the movie Hot Flash Havoc, a laugh out loud documentary on the truth about estrogen and vaginal health. It’s an enlightening, informative and downright hilarious film giving women what they need to learn about menopause. It is a retrospective review of the confusion around hormone therapy.
SPONSORS & VENDORS
The title sponsor for this event was Tyros Biopharma, makers of Gynatrof, an over the counter, non-prescription, hormone -free lubricant and personal moisturizer for vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness is common at this time of life and may advance to vaginal atrophy, a chronic condition that affects approximately 80% of women and requires treatment with low dose localized estrogen therapy. Our hot pink V-Bags contained vital information about vaginal health and every women left with this little goody bag. There were also other options available women to discover including V-Love™, an all natural gel, and RepaGyn®, an all natural ovule. Also, Zestra®, a new sexual desire gel, made it’s Canadian debut at Hot Flash in the City!
Given the importance of the pelvic floor, I invited sponsors from Pelvienne Wellness to the Elise Tens Device by Mother’s Choice to connect with the ladies. It was great to have Alan Glasser (Pharmacist) of Mark’s Pharmacy and host of Healthworks Radio on hand to answer questions on everything from supplements, vitamins, and the pelvic floor at midlife. Dr. Nicolas Jensen, Dr. Sonya Jensen and Dr. Pamela Smith from Divine Elements was there. They are focused on developing a personalized preventative health program for women during menopause encouraging women to be their best selves, which is key to improving sexual desire!
The list continues... Mary Kay, Tupperware, Stella and Dot, Sierrasil... they were all there! As a delightful surprise, the ladies from Mary Kay gave me eyebrows, red lips, and contours with such care. The eyelashes? I gave those over to Younique’s millionaire mascara. Stella and Dot adorned me with the most beautiful necklace and earrings which made my outfit. By the time I got on stage, I felt like a million bucks! The Nerium booth was also busy beautifying women who had a desire to stop the aging process. What woman doesn't? Nerium’s innovative formulations provide true breakthroughs in anti-aging. Bring it on, baby!
Essential oils were also on hand and the nurses outlined the benefits of this aromatic therapy. Did you know that ginger oil heats up arousal and increases libido? Fitness Foods was also there educating about healthy eating made easy which is vital during menopause, a time when many women feel weight is all too easily gained (especially around the mid section). No stone was left un-turned the husband and wife duo from Petersen Wellness & Massage Therapy Clinic were on hand to discuss the benefits and treatment options provided by acupuncture and massage. They offered a free 10 minute massage and AcuGraph assessment. Patricia Petersen was there with acupuncture and her husband brought out the massage chair. If only I had had time to have them assess me and give me a massage! Many women did, however. Self care and stress management are key during menopause.
And last, but certainly not least, the Womanizer wowed the crowd! We generally associate a "Womanizer" with pain, but this little clitoral stimulator is revolutionary in delivering pleasure. A hands-free touchless, clitoral stimulator that provides a suckling action and comes in many colours (ahem..pun intended.) The womanizer is sure to provide women with the ride of a lifetime... the most intense orgasm ever! This unique technology provides stimulation of the clitoris without any contact and women experience an incredible sensation of ecstasy. Isn’t that a nice reward for all of the hard work women do? Guys, you gotta up your game! The Womanizer is available in my Shop: back2thebedroom.ca.
There's a few special "thank yous" that I would like to extend...
- None of this would have occurred without the incredible organizational and logistical skill of Trina Hemstead of Nimbletree. Nimbletree managed budgets, social media, ticket sales and was responsible for making a splash with Hot Flash!
- Thanks to Krauseberry Farms wine along with Barefoot Ladies Wine for their generous donation.
- A special thanks to Pro-Energy Weight Loss for providing the beautiful gift basket for a lucky lady out in Coquitlam; a week’s worth of weight loss products is sure to kick start anyone’s weight loss in time for the holiday parties!
- Thanks to all those who attended this event! Considering all of the emails I have received, we have taken a great first step in educating women with up to date information about menopause and what women need to know to enjoy a great quality of life and an even better sex life at midlife!
- Thanks to those who donated - we were able to raise some funds and make donations to BC Alzheimer’s Society, Movember and EVA BC.