How Does IsoFresh Compare to RepHresh™ and Monistat® Stay Fresh?

Vaginal Freshening Products – Dare to Compare!

Comparing products in the vaginal odor elimination space can be tricky. Reading labels is helpful, but they’re not always easy to interpret – particularly while lingering in a shopping aisle. We’ve put together this page to help you understand what to look for when evaluating vaginal freshening products. Our customer ratings and reviews page can give you great info as well, especially on how well the product works.

At Fairhaven Health, we believe vaginal products should not only solve real issues, but should do no harm in the process. But, unfortunately, some vaginal freshening gels and douches, can destroy friendly vaginal bacteria and cause damage to your vaginal mucosal barrier, which can negatively impact your vaginal health and fertility.

In fact, women with low levels of healthy vaginal bacteria and/or inflammation and damage to the vaginal mucosal barrier are about 4 times more likely to acquire bacterial vaginosis, human papilloma virus (HPV), and other sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. (Nunn, 2015; Shetha, 2015; Oh, 2015; Alcaide, 2017; Bui, 2016)

Recent science has led to breakthrough understandings into how the vaginal ecosystem works to protect a woman’s body. Up until now, vaginal freshening products on the market simply haven’t kept pace. Everything you know about vaginal health is about to change. Read on to learn the important things you should know to take the best care of your most personal areas!

IsoFresh versus RepHresh™ – The Value Challenge

IsoFresh is not only friendly to your vagina, but to your wallet as well! Notice in this video that the amount of air volume in the RepHresh™ applicator makes it difficult to get the gel where you need it most. Each IsoFresh tube contains at least 12 applications for just $19.95 making it the leading economical value on the market.

IsoFresh versus Monistat® Stay Fresh – The Consistency Challenge

IsoFresh, a bioadhesive hydrogel with no coating oils or toxic chemicals, allows your sensitive tissues to breathe while bringing immediate odor control and support for normal pH balance. Intimate products should be appealing in consistency, smell, and taste. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words…

The “Do No Harm” Challenge

The chart below will help you compare leading vaginal care products – not only from the viewpoint of how well each product works, but also in the less obvious ways that some ingredients and products have been reported to interfere with, or negatively impact, the healthy function of your vaginal ecosystem.

Check out our “Terms to Know” section below, where we’ve compiled some of the scientific concepts that apply to vaginal odor issues so you can better understand why it’s so important to treat your vagina with the proper ingredients.

RepHresh and Stay Fresh Comparison

Terms to Know

pH – measured on a scale from 0-14 with 0 being most acidic and 14 being most basic. While some pH fluctuation is natural and necessary as the vagina comes into contact with fluids such as blood and semen,too low a pH in the vagina (<3.5) can actually turn off lactobacillus production (good bacteria) required to keep the vagina in a healthy state, or over time even lead to a chronic infection (cytolytic vaginosis). The WHO has stated that vaginal products approaching pH 3 should not be used in the vagina. They recommend using only those products that are pH-matched to the healthy vagina at 3.8-4.5.

Osmolalityalso referred to as the ion or salt concentration.  Osmolality is the measure of dissolved particles per unit of water in a solution or serum. Our bodies are built to try to equalize osmolality across the vaginal mucosal barrier and will move water as needed in the process. Vaginal balancing gels that are hypo– or hypertonic (with too low or too high of a salt concentration relative to vaginal tissues) will cause water to be pushed into, or sucked out of, the vaginal cells. This forced movement of water changes vaginal cell shape and biology, leading to irritation, tissue damage, cell death, mucus dehydration, and increased risk of bacterial infections or STDs. Isotonic products (like IsoFresh) are perfectly matched to the salt concentration in the body, and as a result, cause no net movement of water.

Toxic Chemicals Used for Viscosity  – used for thickness and moisture. Glycerol (glycerin) and propylene glycol, for example, are commonly used humectants that can keep gels moist and improve the consistency. These small, penetrating chemicals can cross the vaginal barrier and be extremely toxic to vaginal cells and friendly vaginal bacteria.

Parabens – parabens are preservatives that can cause irritation, vaginal cell damage and disruption to healthy vaginal bacteria.