Vaginal dilators are designed to help in the treatment of numerous pelvic disorders in women and since you are here you are most likely wondering how to use them.
We will cover that in our step by step guide but first let's talk about what a vaginal dilator does and how it's beneficial.
Dilators, also referred to as vaginal dilators, are used in conjunction with dilator therapy to restore width of the vaginal opening, depth, and elasticity to allow for sexual intercourse, tampon use, medical exams, as well as other sexual health purposes.
These unique medical devices are also commonly recommended after certain types of cancer treatments such as radiation therapy and surgery such as after hysterectomy.
Vaginal trainers work by helping to train both the body and the brain to tolerate pain free penetration. They can be used in various ways to achieve this goal.
For people with scar tissue, adhesions, post cancer vaginal stenosis, vaginal atrophy, and agenesis, the dilators can be used to provide a gentle stretch that over time leads to improvement in elongation and width and of the vaginal canal, as well as improvements in mobility and elasticity of the vaginal tissue.
For people with pelvic pain involving muscular overuse or spasms, including vaginismus, levator ani syndrome, vestibulodynia, and dyspareunia (pain with sex), they can be used to help train the brain and the pelvic floor muscles to have better coordination to expand and relax to allow for pain free penetration.
This works by providing a gentle stretch in combination with breathing and pelvic floor relaxation techniques to help train the muscles and recover mobility in the vaginal tissue gently and progressively.
Other common conditions among women that benefit from the using proper dilator training protocol include vulvodynia, menopause, atrophy, vaginismus, muscle spasms around the opening of the vagina, vaginal stenosis and gender affirming procedures.
Using dilators like the Intimate Rose Silicone Vaginal Dilators help women with a myriad of vaginal and feminine issues. For example, women who have undergone radiation treatment, surgery in the vagina or pelvis, or those who are experiencing vaginal pain, dyspareunia or pain with sex, pain with penetration of a tampon or during an exam, or those who are undergoing gender affirming treatment and surgery may benefit from using vaginal dilators.
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Repeat the vaginal dilator training protocol process mentioned above 1-2 times per day, and progress to larger vaginal dilators according to your goals.
When you can comfortably use a dilator in multiple positions and with movement, you are ready to move on to the next size. Position changes with the dilator in allow for variation in pelvic floor muscle, pelvic organ, and vaginal canal position.
By practicing using the trainer positions such as laying on your back, hands and knees, deep squat, and lying on your side, your organs shift around the vaginal opening and canal and the trainer and allow for gentle mobilization of the tissue.
You can also compress the dilator gently into the walls of the vagina. To do this, imagine that the vaginal opening is a clock, and gently move the trainer in a slow circular method pausing at each “hour” of the clock to gently press the dilator into the wall of the vagina.
⦁ Painful Intercourse
⦁ Vaginal Stenosis
⦁ Changes with Menopause
⦁ Chronic Pelvic Floor Pain
⦁ Gender Affirming Surgical Procedures
⦁ Enjoy Sex
⦁ Be able to use a tampon
⦁ Be able to tolerate a gynecological exam if needed
⦁ Feel less pain during daily activities and intercourse
Vaginismus treatment includes the use of vaginal dilators while learning to relax the pelvic floor muscles. To decrease pain with vaginal penetration, the keys to success are consistency and routine practice.
Your health care provider may have a unique training plan for you outside of the recommendations made here. Always consult with a health care provider before starting a new training plan.