Vaginal Dilators

Intimate Rose Silicone Vaginal Dilators were designed by a pelvic floor health physical therapist and are made from a smooth, body safe, medical grade silicone that's 100% BPA free and designed to glide into the vagina for more comfortable use during dilator therapy.

Not only are the Intimate Rose vaginal dilators more comfortable and easier to use, but they are FDA cleared and used in the official Academy of Pelvic Health training courses.

What is a Vaginal Dilator?

A vaginal dilator is a cylinder or tube-shaped medical device made from silicone or plastic that’s used to stretch your vaginal tissues gently and progressively with different sizes.

It's designed to help in the treatment of symptoms related to vaginismus in women by helping to train both the body and the brain to tolerate pain-free penetration.

If you suffer from pain during sexual activity and sexual intercourse due to vaginismus, vaginal dilation therapy is a viable treatment option. 

How to Use a Vaginal Dilator

To begin dilator therapy with Intimate Rose Vaginal Dilators, we put together an 8-step guide below and before you start with care or any program it's important to ensure you have the right sizes.

Finding the Right Size

When it comes to finding the right sizes to begin pelvic physical therapy training with a vaginal dilator set, you may want to consult a healthcare professional first, listen to your body. However, as a general guide, when you can comfortably use a vaginal dilator in multiple positions and with movement, you are ready to move on to the next size. Position changes with the trainer in, allow for variation in pelvic floor muscle, pelvic organ, and vaginal canal position.

  1. Wash the vaginal dilator with warm water and soap.
  2. Designate a place in your home that is safe and can help you get comfortable for your vaginal dilator practice preferably a place that is quiet and calming.
  3. Use a generous amount of lubricant that is water based on the medical dilator and the canal opening. The use of a water based lubricant is important to preserve the medical grade silicone.
  4. Select a size that looks appropriate for your condition or that a healthcare provider has suggested you get.
  5. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet planted. Many patients may prefer to lie on their side instead; if that is the case, be sure to have your knees bent and the top leg supported by a folded pillow between your knees.
  6. Begin your training by taking a breath in and allowing your belly to expand, followed by exhaling and allowing your belly to slowly fall. The act of slowly exhaling can naturally open the vagina if need be. Women should repeat the deep breathing pattern and continue to do so steadily and deliberately. Gently bring the trainer to the vaginal opening and carefully insert it on an exhale. If you have any issues with the end of the dilator or need additional grip, our dilator handle can help.
  7. Keep the vaginal dilator inserted in the vagina and repeat the slow, deep breathing cycle for 15 minutes or the length of time recommended by your healthcare provider.
  8. If you experience discomfort, visual imagery helps relax the pelvic floor muscles around the opening of the vagina. Many images may work. Pick the one that is best for you: "Imagine that the vagina is like a rose, blooming outward," "Imagine that the vagina is like an umbrella and expanding,"

By practicing using vaginal dilators in different positions such as laying on your back, hands and knees, during deep squat exercises, and lying on your side, your organs shift around the canal and the device and allow for gentle mobilization of the tissue.

Patients can also compress the dilators gently into the walls of the vagina. To do this, you need to imagine that the opening of the vagina is a clock, and gently move the dilator in a slow circular method pausing at each “hour” of the clock to press gently the dilator into the wall of the vagina.

Pelvic Pain Conditions Silicone Dilators Can Help With

Intimate Rose Vaginal Dilators are used to treat the symptoms of vaginismus, such as painful intercourse (also known as Dyspareunia).

Training and Proper Techniques

A training plan should be set by a medical professional and consist of using a dilator for 15 to 20 minutes daily 5 to 7 times per week. During that time, it is important to breathe calmly.

Maintaining a steady breathing pattern by inhaling through the nose and out through the mouth helps to relax the pelvic floor muscles to allow for optimal results. This pattern aids in reducing discomfort during a vaginal training session.

During the vaginal training session, it is important to keep actual physical pain to a minimum. If the use of a vaginal dilator becomes painful, consider taking a break for two minutes and trying again, or going down a dilator size until your body is ready to progress to the next size.

Where to Buy the Best Vaginal Dilator

There are many different types of vaginal dilators for women's health and those suffering from forms of vaginismus that are available to purchase including magnetic, plastic, and silicone. We recommend that you use a FDA cleared silicone vaginal dilator set based on comfort levels, and because sets allow you to progress through a larger range of sizes.

For more information on how vaginal dilator therapy can help, please visit our additional materials below or feel free to browse our award-winning product collection of dilators as well as large, medium and small sets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Medically Reviewed & Updated: February 19, 2024