What We Do Know About Dilator Therapy

 Dilator therapy is a common, affordable, simple and effective treatment modality for a wide range of pelvic pain disorders in women. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, around 15% of females of child-birthing age in the USA experience pelvic pain lasting 6 months or longer, with 13-32% of these cases severe enough to result in missed work.

 However, pelvic pain remains difficult to diagnose and treat, with underlying causes often linked to a multitude of other disorders such as vulvodynia or endometriosis. As a result, many cases go misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed.


History / Background of Dilator Therapy

Vaginal dilators, in their early forms, have been around for over 5 decades. Early designs were both visually disturbing as well as uncomfortable, resembling a tall tapered candle made from hard plastic. These ominous cylindrical devices (although effective if used correctly and with lubrication), were nothing like the modern dilators of today. Since that time, dilators have come a long way, having gone through several iterations and modifications in shape, design, rigidity and materials like medical grade silicone to become increasingly effective, comfortable and approachable.

The Goal of Dilator Therapy

Contrary to popular belief, it is a misconception that dilator therapy and dilators are used to stretch the vagina or vaginal wall. Conversely, a major goal of dilator therapy is to both physically and psychologically condition an individual to relax and be comfortable with placing devices (or other objects such as a tampon or penis) outside and inside the vaginal canal.

How Does Dilator Therapy Work?

Women participating in dilator therapy use a set of progressively larger dilators (advancing as comfortable) in the privacy of their own homes. This allows women to feel more comfortable and relaxed, having the ability to dim the lights or put on soothing music to ease tensions.

Dilators work by providing a gentle and controlled stretch of the musculature and tissues of the vagina, training the musculature and helping to gradually increase mobility and elasticity (the ability to painlessly contract and expand as needed).

Why do Women Use Dilator Therapy?

Dilator therapy is an effective treatment intervention commonly employed to aid in the prevention or treatment of pelvic pain and/so discomfort. It is often used in conjunction with other therapies at the direction of a physician.

The following represent some of the most common conditions dilator therapy is used to treat
  • Vaginismus
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginal Atrophy 
  • Vaginal Stenosis
  • Dyspareunia
  • Post radiation or chemo treatment
  • Menopause (pre, peri and post)
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Vaginal Agenesis
What to Expect After Using a Vaginal Dilator

Those unfamiliar or new to dilator therapy may experience some unexpected side effects. For example, it is not abnormal to experience a little vaginal bleeding post use. Those who are prone to UTIs (urinary tract infections) are encouraged to urinate after each use and clean up thoroughly. Further, you may notice a mild general soreness after each session that should subside over time as your body becomes more acclimated.

Increasing Dilator Size

Although users are encouraged to start with the smallest size comfortable without experiencing any considerable discomfort, the overall goal is to progressively (at your own pace) increase the size over time.

The point at which you are able to insert a given size of dilator completely into your vagina absent of any discomfort, is the time at which it is appropriate to go up in size.

Making Dilator Therapy Easier 
  • Begin therapy with a size that is easily slipped into your vaginal canal with little to no discomfort or pain
  • Use of lubricant as needed is not only acceptable but encouraged
  • Practice tensing and relaxing the muscles located at the entrance of the vagina (relax them as the dilator is inserted)
  • The vagina slants slightly at a downward angle adjust the insertion angle of the dilator to match your physical form
  • When keeping the dilator in, consider utilizing relaxing distractions such as watching your favorite TV show or reading
  • Those with scar tissue or tissue damage from an injury, surgery, medical treatment or other condition should always obtain instruction from their medical team on how to use the dilator safely.
Dilator Therapy: safe, effective, reliable

Dilator therapy is a reliable, safe, affordable and cost-effective treatment for pelvic conditions and associated pain and discomfort. This therapy offers a natural and simple way to reduce or eliminate symptoms from the comfort of your own home, and is an option often explored by those experiencing pelvic pain. To learn more, visit intimaterose.com
 

 

 
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