According to the renowned Cedars-Sinai medial center, 75% of women will experience pain during sex at some point in their lives. For some, this is a singular or fleeting occurrence, while for others it can be persistent throughout their lives.

One underlying cause of such pain is vaginismus, a medical condition affecting roughly 2 out of every 1000 women, with countless others experiencing mild to moderate discomfort not reaching the level of a medical diagnosis, yet uncomfortable all the same.

A common treatment modality for those suffering from this condition is a dilator. Available in both plastic and silicone, vaginal dilators are a simple, yet highly effective way to increase what is referred to as vaginal patency”. In other words, the ability of the vagina to accommodate such things as a penis, vibrator and birthing a child.

Plastic and Silicone Dilators are Also Used to:

  • Increase vaginal length and capacity after certain procedures (such as a hysterectomy)
  • Enhance vaginal capacity after long periods without sex
  • Maintain vaginal capacity during periods without sex
  • Prevent scar tissue from forming after certain treatments such as radiation therapy
  • Aid in mediating changes in vaginal length or tightening due to hormones (such as during menopause)
  • Retrain the body and vagina to relax when presented with physical stimulus, pressure or penetration (desensitization therapy)
  • Reduce pain and muscle spasms
  • Assist in helping you learn how to control and relax pelvic floor muscles

Plastic vs. Silicone Dilators: Which is Best?

Vaginal dilators have been around for decades and are a commonly prescribed medical device by OBGYNs, , pelvic floor physical therapists, counseling therapists and other medical professionals. But you dont need a prescription to buy these simple devices. We also have a guide on how to use a vaginal dilator that is very helpful.

Lets Cover Some Basics

Dilators are commonly made from either medical-grade silicone or plastic. They are tube-shaped. They come in a range of sizes, with some in kits ranging from small to large, allowing you to progressively work your way up to the desired size.

Although some women still prefer plastic (to each their own), silicone offers a myriad of benefits that most women find superior.

Benefits of Medical Grade Silicone Dilators

1. Soft, Natural Feel – Silicone offers a more natural, comfortable, and gentle feel that more closely resembles bodily tissue and provides just the right amount of flexibility. By contrast, plastic is hard, not flexible, and can be uncomfortable for some women.

2. Improved Temperature Control – Believe it or not, the temperature of the dilator can help. Silicone dilators can be safely used at room temperature, heated in hot (but not boiling) water, or chilled in the fridge.

3. Reduced Risk of Injury – Due to their flexibility and soft yet rigid form, it is less likely youll cause bruising or irritation as compared to hard plastic.

4. Durable and Easy Maintenance – Medical grade silicone is highly durable and easy to clean and maintain

Closing Thoughts: Plastic vs. Silicone Dilators

Silicone dilators, albeit simple, help thousands of women overcome issues that cause penetration of the vagina to be painful or uncomfortable. At Intimate Rose our silicone dilators are made from medical grade silicone, and uniquely engineered to be forgiving, soft, comfortable, effective and  cleared to treat the symptoms of Vaginismus such as painful intercourse, known as dyspareunia.

Reach out today or shop our selection to find the perfect fit. Our caring and compassionate team is standing by and always eager to assist.

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By Dr. Amanda Olson, DPT, PRPC
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