Welcome to Momotaro,
This project started as the consequence of curiosity and necessity.
I had been fighting recurrent bouts of BV and VCC for about six months. As soon as I'd treat one issue, the next returned, and then it would start all over again. It meant dealing with physical discomfort as well as the associated quality of life and psychological issues: I felt self conscious, I couldn't have sex, etc...
Of the various over the counter and prescription medicines I tried, I found no lasting relief...Unfortunately, that shouldn't have been surprising: I later learned that BV recurrence rates range from 40%-50%. And that the very thing I was using to treat my infections was actually exacerbating the problem: the antibiotics and anti-fungal medications are so potent that they damage important friendly bacteria (like L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. reuteri) that create protective biofilm on the vaginal wall leaving one vulnerable to further growth of bad bacteria (Gardnerella vaginalis).
So, with a situation that was not showing any kind of material improvement, my partner, Taylor, and I began a deep dive into self education on all things vagina related (I should mention Taylor's background in biology and his generally endearing curiosity) – after a few weeks we had zeroed in on a few take-aways:
- These issues are very common AND it’s still sort of taboo to talk about.
- ~30% of women suffer from BV
- ~75% of women will suffer from a yeast infection
- Treatment normally involves a heavy dose of antibiotics or antifungals that work in the short term but leave the body vulnerable by damaging the body’s natural ability to prevent future infection hence a 40%-50% recurrence rate.
- There are various natural homeopathic remedies that people have been using successfully for years – some are available at high end and natural grocery stores. None are well branded/marketed and none were as comprehensive or easy to use as we wanted.
- Biofilm. That seems to be the reason why the bad bacteria are so resilient.
After a long conversation about what to do, we decided to try and create our own solution – or at least something that would help my body in it's fight to recover. We envisioned a salve that would provide effective support while being discrete and easy to use. I didn't want to feel gross - I knew that there had to be a simple and empowering way to feel better. That was the birth of the Momotaro Apotheca concept.
Taylor and I spent a few months prototyping products, speaking with experts, experimenting with ingredients and formulas, and expanding our understanding of the issues we were trying to support. All the while, when we shared this project with our friends, many of them expressed interest and began to openly share their own experiences – and, their interest in trying our new product.
Eight months later, we’re excited to announce the launch of Momotaro Apotheca – a new line of organic, natural, and balanced skin products for feminine health.
It's our hope to help rethink how we talk about these issues, how we support each other in wellness, and how we understand our bodies.