Joining forces with Mumsnet - the leading community of mothers in the UK, and answering calls from our respective communities, we decided to tackle the taboo of mums and sex. More specifically, the journey back to sex after childbirth.
To do this, we started by gathering first-hand testimonials and insights into that journey. We sat in a focus group and ran a 3 month-long survey with Mumsnet's community.
What the research showed
Mums are proud of their bodies!
While over 60% grapple with body image, the story doesn't stop there. A whopping 84% find pride in what their bodies have accomplished, and 63% hold their bodies in high regard. As they should!
They are also nervous about sex
About 58% shared that they feel those nervous butterflies when it comes to getting back into the swing of things. What's holding mums back from fully enjoying their sex lives? It's a mix of feeling self-conscious, battling the clock, and battling exhaustion. Plus, for some, there's the challenge of dealing with scar tissue on the genital area, which understandably causes nervousness about internal penetration.
Intimacy and the magic of clitoral stimulation
Half had resumed sexual activity within 12 weeks, which also means that half need more time. In fact, 4 in 5 say that they're more interested in connection and intimacy than sex itself.
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Gentle and efficient
Together with Mumsnet, we have created a vibrator to help them reconnect with pleasure. It focuses on clitoral stimulation and not penetration.
To cater for scar tissue and heightened sensitivity, The Whisperer's patented design is made with super soft and flexible silicone. This creates a very gentle touch on the clitoris. Its curved tip follows the anatomy of the highly sensitive clitoral glans.
“We are delighted to introduce The Whisperer and be working with Mumsnet, which is such a leader within the mothering world. This is something we’ve been working on for a while and are very proud of the outcome.
Smile Makers Brand Director
Created with mothers, for mothers
To walk the talk, The Whisperer was specifically designed for new mothers to enjoy. The shape and texture was designed based on the researched we led together. Even the name was crowdsourced from our communities.
“Mumsnet has always been a place where women can share opinions, knowledge and advice on anything and everything, including sex. We hear frequently from women who are struggling to reconnect with their sexuality after having children, or who can't find the support or information they need in order to do so.
Founder of Mumsnet