The Scoop: Rosy is an app that helps women address their sexual wellness concerns. Its resources include educational videos, classes, erotica, and community forums. By using evidence-based interventions, Rosy aims to empower women to understand their libido and improve their sexual experiences. The app raises awareness about sensitive health topics, and its engaging content can empower singles and couples to maintain a healthy sex life.
When Lyndsey Harper, MD, worked as an OB/GYN, she was comfortable discussing fertility with patients. However, she was not secure talking to them about certain issues surrounding sexual wellness.
Patients often hoped Dr. Harper could help them address sexual health issues ranging from low libido to an inability to orgasm. But she, like many OB/GYNs, had no training to guide women through these intimate matters.
“Most OB/GYNs are not trained when helping patients with sexual health. We don’t have a framework or recommended treatment plans,” Dr. Harper said.
As more patients brought up these concerns, Dr. Harper said she developed resources that would spread awareness about sexual wellness. She joined a medical society focused on sexual wellness and discovered research that shows that 43% of women reported having had an issue with libido, orgasm, sexual trauma, or other concerns.
Why weren’t women’s problems getting addressed?
One of the reasons, Dr. Harper found, was that most women weren’t educated on sexuality-related problems. Lack of education and lack of transparency hindered the discussion. Dr. Harper aimed to remedy this issue by creating Rosy, a platform with sexual wellness resources for women and their physicians.
“I felt obligated to consolidate those resources into a platform to help as many women as quickly as possible. That was where the motivation for Rosy came from,” she said.
The Rosy app has four components: a video library, classes designed by doctors and psychologists, erotica, and a support community.
Whether you’re single or in a relationship, Rosy can offer insights into how to work through issues in the bedroom.
The Importance of Evidence-Based Research
Since its inception, Rosy has captured the attention of a diverse group of users. Women who are single, coupled, and married can benefit from its resources. Everyone from young adults to seniors can learn and grow thanks to its educational classes.
Rosy can answer a variety of needs and questions in terms of sexual health. It can give advice to a 20-something who is experiencing pain during intercourse. It can support a woman who is healing from sexual trauma or dealing with infertility issues. And it can be a guide to older women going through menopause or chronic illness.
“Hopefully, we can get our users to a place of sexual wellness. We aim to be that resource for our users throughout their lifespan,” said Dr. Harper.
Rosy users aren’t just patients with sexual health issues. Dr. Harper has created a space where therapists, nurse practitioners, physicians, and other mental and physical health practitioners can find evidence-based information about sexual health.
As a doctor, Dr. Harper is particularly committed to promoting scientifically sound information about women’s sexual health. She strives to use data to combat rumor and teach single and coupled women about their bodies and their sexuality from a medical point of view.
The Rosy team is comprised of sex therapists and sex medicine experts who give evidence-based advice. They are knowledgeable about contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, libido, and other important issues.
Rosy promotes education over secrecy and treatment over shame to encourage women to address their sexual needs in a healthy way. Dr. Harper said these resources are designed to demystify taboo topics and normalize conversations about sexual health.
“We don’t talk about these things readily in society. I give a lecture to physicians about women’s sexual health, and we do ourselves a disservice by thinking women are challenging. We owe women the opportunity to change that belief,” she told us.
Videos and Classes Encourage Users to Explore
Rosy has many educational resources single and coupled women can explore.
The app’s educational videos aim to answer questions and address concerns women may be having in the bedroom. For instance, one video recommends scheduling sex with a partner, while another discusses how a low libidio can affect relationship intimacy.
Women who have more questions might opt to take a class to examine a topic more thoroughly. Class topics include body image, sex toys and lube, sexual trauma, religion and sexuality, and sexual pain. These issues often don’t have easy answers, so taking a class is a good opportunity to unpack the nuances at play.
“We cover a lot of important topics that are hard to find credible information in an organized way. Our goal is to help our users get to the next level,” Dr. Harper explained.
Rosy also has sexy content geared toward stimulating libido. Both single and coupled women can explore Rosy’s library of erotica. According to app statistics, users who read erotica showed the biggest improvement in their sexual wellness.
Rosy has seen a good number of success stories from satisfied users. One woman said she never had a place to discuss her desires before joining this community and credited the Rosy platform with saving her marriage. Another woman in her 60s wrote to thank the team for her newfound sexual liberation.
Dr. Harper shared a particularly moving story about a woman who had breast cancer in the 1990s and still experienced side effects in her sexual health.
“No one had ever been able to help her. Our class for cancer and sexuality helped her enjoy sex and bring that part of her life back. It is an honor and opportunity,” Dr. Harper said.
Rosy Makes Sexual Wellness Less Complicated
Rosy began as a resource for female patients who have questions about their sexual health. Now Dr. Harper said her goal is to grow the platform so it can reach more women. She has a passionate team behind her and many innovations in the works. The team continues to tackle new subject matters and facilitate conversations about sex and wellness.
“We’re a team of five, but everyone brings a unique and important personality, skill sets, questions, and beliefs to the table that creates an amazing opportunity to learn and grow,” she said.
The team is currently working on a project to personalize the user experience on Rosy. That way, single and coupled women will be able to view curated content that speaks to their sexual experience and concerns.
“We want to understand our users more and give them more resources to achieve their goals,” said Dr. Harper.
Dr. Harper told us she hopes to see Rosy grow on an international scale. Sexual health is a universal issue, and Rosy has the potential to help women of all ages and backgrounds.
“We will not stop connecting women to those resources that will improve their sexual health and their lives. We have our eye on the prize for women across the world,” Dr. Harper said.