FemiClear Review: Does Natural Vaginal Cream Work?

FemiClear Review: Does Natural Vaginal Cream Work?


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to genital health and sexually transmitted infections.

FemiClear is a homeopathic medicine brand sold by a company called OrganiCare. It's used for a number of vaginal conditions, including bacterial vaginosis (BV), yeast infection and genital herpes, and the brand describes their products as “Powered by Nature, Proven by Science.”

But does FemiClear contain ingredients proven to be effective for symptom relief? Does it contain any unhealthy additives? How do real users rate and describe its effects? And does homeopathy even work?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we share our concerns about homeopathy.

We’ll also analyze the ingredients in FemiClear’s genital herpes ointment, which is the brand’s most popular product, to give our take on whether or not it’s likely to be effective.

We’ll feature customer reviews of FemiClear, and document which online retailer sells the brand for the best price.

What is Homeopathy and Does it Work?

Homeopathy is a practice that involves using extremely small quantities of active ingredients to treat a condition.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) documents how homeopathic practitioners claim that the lower the dose of the medication, the more effective it is, which defies basic logic.

meta-study published in the Medical Journal of Australia analyzed data from tens of clinical trials on homeopathy.

The study authors concluded that homeopathy is ineffective for all health conditions: "The findings of currently available Cochrane reviews of studies of homeopathy do not show that homeopathic medicines have effects beyond placebo." 

As we discussed in our review on another homeopathic product called AZO Yeast Plus, we have not come across any convincing evidence that homeopathic treatments (whether oral or topical) are effective.

An animated YouTube video on homeopathy has over 10 million views and discusses how the treatment is supposed to work, as well as whether or not it’s effective:

FemiClear Herpes Ingredient Analysis

FemiClear ingredients

The ingredients in FemiClear Multi-Symptom Ointment for genital herpes symptoms are shown above.

While we would typically analyze the active ingredients, in the case of a homeopathic product, these ingredients are dosed so low as to be inherently ineffective, so there's no need to do so.

Some of the inactive ingredients in this formulation may help with symptom relief however.

Beeswax may help to repair skin barrier function according to a 2017 clinical trial.

Colloidal oatmeal is a highly effective choice for an ointment used to reduce skin irritation.

As we documented in our Dermalogica review article, this compound has been clinically shown to improve skin hydration and repair the skin barrier.

Oxygenated olive oil was shown in a medical review published in the Medical Gas Research journal to be highly effective for wound healing, and genital herpes can sometimes cause open sores.

Essential oil seems like a strange ingredient for a genital cream.

Not only are some essential oils shown in clinical studies to be irritating to skin, but we don’t understand the purpose of a fragrance ingredient in an ointment used to reduce symptoms related to a genital herpes outbreak. 

Overall, we consider FemiClear Multi-Symptom Relief ointment to be potentially effective for the reduction of irritation and other symptoms caused by genital herpes.

We actually consider the inactive ingredients likely to be effective rather than the active ingredients, which is highly uncommon, but in the case of a homeopathic remedy, the inactive ingredients are included at a significantly higher dose than the active ingredients.

Real People Try FemiClear

A TikTok user named "KeeToTheUniverse" had a positive experience using FemiClear:

@keetotheuniverse11

We need to get over the way society views and handles feminine health. I love finding natural ways to heal and treat so I figured I’d share. I honestly feel like its mostly gone after using just the cream itself so I know the treatment is going to be 10/10.

♬ original sound - KeeToTheUniverse

Another TikTok creator named “suzbub” reviewed FemiClear and claims that their products are effective:

@suzbub If you carry your own stigma around herpes, whether you know you have it or don’t, it’s time to unpack it 🧳! Get 20% off @FemiClear Vaginal Healthcare herpes relief products with promo code: herpesawarenessday20. Join me live tonight to own our status & slay the stigma. #HerpesAwarenessDay #FemiClear #ad #herpes #hsv #herpessupport ♬ original sound - suzbub

Customers Rate FemiClear

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion.

FemiClear has been reviewed over 1,000 times on Amazon at the time of updating this article, with an average review rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.

A top positive review is written by a user named “Kara Shea” who gave the product a 5/5 star rating:

“Using Femiclear I did get relief from the pain and the sores shrank significantly in ONE DAY. I probably should credit some of that to the valtrex as well, but this most definitely helped also. I’m on my second day and my sores have shrank in size and some have disappeared.”

A top negative review comes from a user named “JumpingFrog” who gave the product a 1/5 star rating:

“Do not buy this awful smelling crap! The burn, smell and itching that happened after I applied this was worse than anything I’ve ever experienced. Do yourself a favor and use some non toxic smelling vag cream, ice packs and hydrocortizone. Absolutely terrible.”

FemiClear currently has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Google.

Interview With FemiClear Founder

A local news channel based in Maryland interviewed the founder of FemiClear whose name is Caroline Goodner.

She discussed the product, the testing that the brand has conducted, how COVID impacted their business, and the stigma around herpes:

Our Clean Vaginal Health Picks

Clairvee by Bonafide is our top probiotic supplement pick for vaginal health, because it contains 5 billion CFU of Lactobacillus probiotics.

Oral supplementation with Lactobacillus probiotics improved the ratio of healthy-to-unhealthy bacteria in the vagina in a clinical trial published in the Nutrients journal.

MBG Omega-3 Potency+ is our top omega-3 supplement pick.

Oral supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids has been clinically shown to relieve vaginal dryness in some individuals.

Momentous Vitamin D3 is our top vitamin D3 supplement.

A 2015 meta-analysis reported that treatment of vitamin D deficiency "is an effective method in the treatment of asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis."

All of the products recommended in this section are entirely free of ingredients that we consider to be unhealthy.

Where to Get the Best Price

FemiClear is sold at a variety of online retailers.

Below are the prices for a one-time purchase of FemiClear Multi-Symptom Ointment at the time of updating this article:

Walgreens: $59.99 (free shipping, link)

Walmart: $36.71 (free shipping, link)

Brand website: $29.99 (free shipping, link)

Amazon: $29.97 (link to official Amazon listing)

FemiClear is currently over 50% cheaper at Amazon than at Walgreens when factoring in shipping fees.

FemiClear Pros and Cons

Here are the pros and cons of FemiClear in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Effective inactive ingredients
  • Mostly positive Amazon reviews
  • Highly positive Google reviews
  • Cost on brand's website has dropped significantly
  • Free shipping from brand's website 

Cons:

  • Homeopathic treatment
  • Extremely low doses of active ingredients
  • Doesn't appear to be clinically tested
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Conclusion

We generally recommend avoiding homeopathic products, because the discipline does not appear to be rooted in good science in our opinion.

That being said, the inactive ingredients in FemiClear have research backing for reducing irritation and providing anti-inflammatory effect, so FemiClear Multi-Symptom ointment may be effective for reducing symptoms of genital herpes.

We don’t currently recommend the product due to the inclusion of essential oil, which seems illogical to apply to already-irritated skin, and also because we don’t recommend homeopathic products generally.

Most of the online customer reviews that we came across while researching this article were positive.

Amazon currently has the best price on FemiClear.