There are many things you can put into your vagina. We recommend against most of them. Same with magnets.
If you receive radiation therapy to the pelvis, your provider may recommend that you use a vaginal dilator to improve the elasticity of your vagina. This is important to make follow up examinations easier and more comfortable and prevent discomfort during sexual activity. You should consider this as part of your health maintenance after completing radiation therapy.
Millions of women experience pain before, during, or after sexual intercourse—a condition called dyspareunia from the Greek dyspareunosmeaning "badly mated". This condition not only saps sexual desire and enjoyment, it can also strain relationships and erode quality of life in general. For postmenopausal women, dyspareunia may also raise concerns about aging and body image.
Vaginismus is a condition in which involuntary muscle spasm prevents vaginal penetration. The underlying cause is generally a fear that penetration will hurt. Treatment may include behavior therapy such as graduated exposure therapy and gradual vaginal dilatation.
For some women, the vaginal muscles involuntarily or persistently contract when they attempt vaginal penetration. This is called vaginismus. The contractions can prevent sexual intercourse or make it very painful.
Regular vaginal dilation is widely recommended to these women as a way for them to maintain vaginal health and good sexual functioning. However, the compliance rate with this recommendation is low. The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of a group psychoeducational program based on the "information-motivation-behavioral skills" model of behavior change in increasing the rate of compliance.
Demeaning patient behavior takes emotional toll on physicians. Kellogg Spadt is Director of Sexual Medicine. Dilator therapy can offer a nonsurgical approach to restoring vaginal capacity and elasticity and alleviating sexual discomfort.
Your journey towards pain free sex has been difficult. You have been undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and may feel like you are going crazy. You are frustrated that there is no medical treatment for your pain.
Vaginal dilators have been around in one form or another for at least 50 years. The nurses told them to put surgical jelly on the dilator, and to put it in their vagina several times a week to prevent damage from scar tissue. The dilators we used looked like something from a sadistic porn film—ominous black, penis-shaped cylinders. We did not have pastel-colored, soft silicone, nonthreatening dilators in many sizes, like the ones made by Soul Source.