Vaginal dilators help in the treatment of numerous pelvic pain disorders 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 dilators do and how they're beneficial.
What Do Vaginal Dilators Do?
Dilators, also referred to as vaginal trainers, are used to restore vaginal width, depth, and elasticity to allow for intercourse, tampon use, medical exams, as well as other sexual health purposes.
These unique pelvic floor trainers are also commonly recommended after certain types of cancer treatments such as radiation therapy and surgery. Other common conditions among women that benefit from the use of vaginal dilators include menopause, vaginismus, muscle spasms around the opening of the vagina, and gender affirming procedures.
Benefits of Vaginal Dilator Therapy
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 medical exam, or those who are undergoing gender affirming treatment and surgery may benefit from using vaginal dilators.
Using Your Dilators: Step by Step
- Wash the dilator with warm water and soap.
- Designate a place in your home that is safe and comfortable for your vaginal trainer practice preferably a place that is quiet and calming.
- Use a generous amount of lubricant that is water based on the vaginal dilator and the opening of the vagina. The use of a water based lubricant is important to preserve the medical grade silicone of the trainer.
- Select a vaginal trainer that looks appropriate for you or that a health care provider has suggested.
- Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet planted. Some people 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.
- Begin your training by breathing 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. Repeat the deep breathing pattern and continue to do so steadily and deliberately. Gently bring the vaginal trainer to the opening of the vagina and carefully insert it on an exhale
- 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 health care provider.
- If you experience discomfort, visual imagery is helpful for relaxing the pelvic floor muscles around the opening of the vagina. There are several images that can work. Pick the one that is best for you: "imagine that the vagina is like a rose, blooming outward and opening," "imagine that the vagina is like an umbrella, opening and expanding," or "imagine that the vagina is like an elastic band, flexible and mobile."
- Repeat the dilator training process 1-2 times per day, and progress to larger vaginal dilators according to your goals.
Treatment for Pelvic Pain Disorders With Intimate Rose Dilators
The Intimate Rose silicone dilators for women uses a smooth, medical grade silicone that is uniquely created to glide into the body for more comfortable use. They feature a silky texture and, unlike any other vaginal trainers on the market, they are not sticky or hard. The graduated sizes and measurements allow for patients to find their perfect fit and progress to reach their goals. They are used for vaginitis treatment, vulvodynia, vaginismus, and generalized vaginal pain that is not caused by infection.
As always, if you are going to be using vaginal dilators for therapy, consult with a health care provider before starting a new training plan.