Vaginal Dialtors 101!
Vaginal Dilators - what are they and what are they used for?
Have you ever been browsing at your favourite adult novelty store and seen these products and wondered what they are or what they are used for? Well, never fear, here's the 411 on Vaginal Dilators!
A Vaginal Dilator is a smooth plastic, silicone or rubber cylinder that is used for stretching the tissues of the vagina, making intercourse or pelvic exams more comfortable. They are sold in many sizes and some even vibrate. They can be used for many reasons; women who go through radiation can sometimes develop scar tissue in their vagina or women who suffer from vaginismus (an involuntary contraction of the pelvic floor muscles when something is inserted into the vagina). They can also be useful for women who, for whatever reason, haven't had intercourse for an extended period of time.
Steps to using a vaginal dilator:
- Find a quiet, comfortable place where you can relax.
- Clean your dilator (before and after use), and apply a water-based lube to the entire length of the dilator as well as your vaginal opening. Do not use silicone lubricant as it may, over time, damage your dilator (if your dilator is made from silicone as well).
- Lay on your back with your knees slightly apart.
- If you are a beginner, start with the smallest dilator. Use some deep breathing to make you sure you are relaxed and that your pelvic floor muscles are relaxed and gently insert the dilator into your vagina. Go Slowly! Exhale every time you push it farther in but don't force it.
- If you find it is inserted easily, remove it and go a larger size, repeating the cleaning and lube steps. It may feel a little uncomfortable and tight, but don't worry, this is normal.
- Once you have the dilator inserted comfortably, gently turn it both ways, up and down, and side to side. Keep the dilator in for about 5 minutes but don't exceed 10 minutes.
Remember, this is not something that you will be able to achieve overnight. It may take 6 months to a year to dilate your vagina to the point where you are comfortable. If you are not sure if this is something that can help, or you are nervous about it, please seek advice from your doctor as vaginal dilators may not be right for every situation and if you experience itching in the pelvic area, pain or discomfort, discharge or strong odour, abdominal pain or fever, please contact your doctor.
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