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Are Vaginal Weights Painful?

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

I'm Amanda Olson from IntimateRose.com, and I'm a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor rehabilitation.

Sometimes we get questions about why the weights are extremely painful to insert or to use.

If you are experiencing pain when inserting the weight, and it doesn’t get better using just a little bit of lubricant on the tip of the weight, there could be a few factors at play.

The first scenario is that if you are at an age after menopause, the estrogen levels in your body are very low. And that can lead to thinning of vaginal walls and some vaginal dryness. So the weight can be uncomfortable then.

So if you have tried using just a little bit of lubricant on the weight and it's still not comfortable, it's probably a good time to have a conversation with your physician, or other health care provider, about the possibility of using some form of medication to help with that vaginal dryness.

It doesn't have to be a medicine that you take orally; it could be something that you apply directly to the tissues. But that's a good question for your health care provider.

The other thing that can be happening is very similar, but in women who are nursing after delivering a baby. The same thing happens to estrogen levels: they decrease, and there's vaginal dryness. And the walls of the vagina can become thinner, and it can be uncomfortable.

So you can use a little bit of lubricant, or you can wait until after nursing and try again to use the weights.

The other thing that can happen is that there can be knots in the pelvic floor muscles themselves.

They’re muscles, just like everywhere else on your body.

It’s like having a knot, or a trigger point, in your neck or your back. You can push on it, and it sends kind of a stinging sensation up around your head, or causes a headache.

The same thing can actually happen in the pelvic floor.

That is a very treatable condition. A physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor rehabilitation can be very helpful.

So you can visit a physical therapist, or your healthcare provider, to get some help with that.

For more educational videos, you can visit Intimate Rose on YouTube or at IntimateRose.com.

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