Episode 22: Tara Langdale-Schmidt

What’s on Your Vagenda?

Tara Langdale-Schmidt is no stranger to pain. After all, she endured 11 surgeries for endometriosis starting at a young age. But when sex became impossible for her and her then-fiancé, and doctors were flummoxed, Langdale-Schmidt knew she had to take matters into her own hands. Her mother’s treatment for fibromyalgia sparked an idea when Langdale-Schmidt was finally diagnosed with vulvodynia, a painful condition involving the vulva, and magnetic dilators shaped like a vibrator were the answer to her prayers. Find out how she tested her product and took it to market on this episode of SheVentures.


Key Moments

  • 03:05 — With 11 surgeries starting at a young age, it was either pay for surgeries or pay for school. Tara Langdale-Schmidt chose her health. “I feel like when you’re an entrepreneur, though, sometimes you don’t need to finish school. I’m a perfect example of that.”
  • 05:30 — Vulvodynia is chronic pain or discomfort of the vulva that affects 120 million women and is often overlooked or dismissed. Langdale-Schmidt discusses why this may be.
  • 12:00 — Langdale-Schmidt speaks openly about her experience with vulvodynia and what made her interested in discovering a solution rather than relying solely on health care providers.
  • 17:16 — After her mom spent $40,000 on fibromyalgia treatment in 1996 when no one believed her condition was real, Langdale-Schmidt saw vulvodynia in the same context and immediately knew how she was going to treat herself.
  • 20:00 — Find out how magnet therapy using vaginal dilators actually works to reduce pain.
  • 24:35 — Learn the process that got Langdale-Schmidt from, “Hey, this is working for me!” to building a product and creating Vuvatech from scratch.
  • 28:34 — The first molds for the vaginal dilators could have cost almost $650,000. Langdale-Schmidt reveals the expense of her clinical trial.
  • 33:44 — Wondering about the results? Wonder no more. Langdale-Schmidt divulges the data.
  • 42:13 — Langdale-Schmidt discusses how Vuvatech’s vaginal dilators are unique from everything else on the market, and why they’re more reliable.
  • 45:54 — Discover how difficult and expensive the patenting process can be when you’re trying to create a product.
  • 51:00 — Erectile dysfunction is widely advertised, but Langdale-Schmidt’s product is highly censored from an advertising perspective, despite it helping women with sexual health issues. Find out how she manages to market her product in spite of this.
  • 55:00 — Male doctors were Langdale-Schmidt’s biggest hurdle at the beginning, with some proclaiming her product was bullshit, and others saying older women don’t want to “use their vaginas” anymore.
  • 58:28 — Learn about the products that Vuvatech offers and which one is the right one for you, depending on your condition.