How healthy are you?
Unless you have just gotten back from a doctor’s appointment, or you currently find yourself cooped up in a hospital bed, most people would answer that they are completely healthy. Some people might even add that they are so healthy that they haven’t even had a cold in the past six months.
Now, let’s ask again. How healthy are you really?
The fact is, most women don’t think of their reproductive health as part of their overall health at all, and most people don’t realize that they should be taking care of their reproductive health even when they don’t think there is anything wrong.
It’s never too early to start taking care of your health, and if you start exercising your vaginal muscles today, then you will likely experience less muscle-function decline later on – which means that your orgasms will stay strong, and your body will stay healthy.
There are plenty of ways to take care of the muscles surrounding the vagina – including kegel exercise. But sometimes this is not enough.
Vaginal dilators are increasingly prescribed by doctors for muscle recovery – including after you have had children. Keep reading if you want to find out more about what vaginal dilators are and how they work.
What Are Dilators?
Vaginal dilators are a completely new concept to a lot of women; simply, a vaginal dilator is meant to dilate – that is, stretch – the muscles of the vagina over time. You might be guessing already that this is a commonly prescribed method for women to recover from events like childbirth, and you would be correct.Vaginal dilators resemble a small tube – about as long as your finger. Generally, they don’t classify as your regular kind of dildo, and won’t resemble one either: They aren’t used for stimulation In the same way as a dildo, but instead mean to stretch and exercise the muscles of the vagina over time.
Where vaginal aids like ben-wa balls are meant to tighten the vagina, vaginal dilators are instead meant to do the opposite – and is also a treatment for many vaginal health conditions such as vaginismus as a result.
Most of the time, they are prescribed as part of a recovery health routine by a doctor, gynecologist or other medical health practitioner, but more and more women are finding out more about the use of vaginal dilators and ordering the products themselves.
If you’ve never seen one before, it might be a little bit of a confusing concept at first. The next section of this article discusses just how to use your vaginal dilator.
Using a Vaginal Dilator
Vaginal dilators are also sometimes called vaginismus dilators, mainly because they are commonly prescribed to help in aiding this specific condition. If you’ve never seen one before, then it can be a little confusing – but the first thing that you should know about vaginal dilators is that they tend to come in (almost) all shapes and sizes.
What do you do with them? If you haven’t guessed by now, they are meant to be inserted into the vagina for several minutes at a time. This is aided by muscle contractions, and will also help to keep your muscles in good condition as well as being able to tighten the muscles of the vagina.
Of course, the general recommendation is that women go with the smallest form of vaginal dilator first, and work their way up to a larger size if necessary. Discuss this with your doctor or health practitioner if you aren’t entirely sure where you should start.
There are plenty of videos available on YouTube – or your chosen adult site – that should tell you more about how to use them. Some manufacturers also ship their product with handy instructions. It’s recommended that you use lubricant when removing or inserting your vaginal dilator.
Buying a Vaginismus Dilator
Should you buy a vaginal dilator if you aren’t experiencing problems with vaginal over-tightness, and even if you consider your overall reproductive health to be completely fine? While most people wouldn’t think of it, we – and most doctors out there – would say yes.
Buy them with a set of lotus balls, and incorporate them into your daily (or weekly) exercise routine. Yes, you should be exercising your vagina – and it’s never too late to start. Your body will thank you, and your partner almost certainly, too.
Ideally, you should buy your first vaginal dilator in a smaller size: They are available in several sizes, and sometimes even in sets that contain several sizes at once. Start off with the smaller one and work your way up if you feel the need.
You can and should consult your doctor before you buy vaginal dilators: They can help you out to tell you which size would be best for you, and they might even be able to help you out with some product recommendations for what could be best for you.
And, remember to buy some personal lubricant along with it – it just makes the insertion and removal of a vaginal dilator much, much easier.
More Vaginal Tools
Vaginal dilators aren’t the only tool that you should be adding to your arsenal by any means: It’s only one step of the process. There are plenty more tools that can aid in your reproductive health, and you have no reasons not to add them to your routine.
The first tool that you might find useful if you have been using a vaginal dilator is personal lubricant. We’ve said it a few times, but it’s worth saying one more time here.
As you move on to more advanced exercise levels, you might also want to consider investing in a set of vaginal weights too. Again, like the vaginal dilator, you will want to start with something lighter and work your way up to more advanced rather than the other way around. These can give you better control of your pelvic floor muscles, meaning that you will experience less problems with muscle function later on in life. It also means that your orgasms will stay strong.
Many women also choose to incorporate vaginal dilators with their other sex toys or aids, including vibrators, dildos, vibrating dildos or vibrating gloves; this is true for those who use it with their partners and those who don’t.
This isn’t your grandmother’s vaginal dilator anymore. No, really, the entire concept of vaginal dilators and how they are marketed to women has changed over the years – and we’re glad that things have changed for the better instead.
Ten years ago, vaginal dilators were seen as a pretty much exclusively medical device: It was prescribed by gynecologists and doctors, and that’s pretty much all that was ever expected of them. This means that vaginal dilators have spent years looking, well, like something that aliens would be probing you with or some kind of torture device.
Today, there are many more options available for women who want to use a vaginal dilator, and it doesn’t quite feel as clinical as it used to. You can buy vaginal dilators online – and discreetly, without anyone having to know about it – and they are available in more normal-looking shapes and colors instead of being a short, black tube that you’re somehow supposed to use for your vagina.
There are even some models of vaginal dilators that vibrate during use.
Why is this a good thing? Because it’s much easier to talk about them – and it’s much less awkward to take care of your reproductive health than it might have been several decades back.
Reason #1: Fear
Why would you want to make use of a vaginal dilator in the first place? There are enough reasons for their use that we’ve split it up into the last few parts of this article, each with its own individual header. If any of these should apply to you, then you could use a vaginal dilator – and should strongly consider ordering your first one and speaking to your doctor.
The first condition that a vaginal dilator is generally recommended for is fear of penetration. This is something that’s largely psychological, and will require both time and therapy to get over – many times, it can also cause a physical reaction that makes the vagina’s muscles tighten even further, making penetration awkward, painful or uncomfortable.
Using a vaginal dilator allows you to get over this fear on your own terms, while getting the muscles more used to the feeling of expanding and contracting around something.
Of course, we shouldn’t really have to tell anyone this, but we’re still going to: Never force it, and always take your time. The application of some lubricant can make the process easier and less uncomfortable, but you should never force anything – you could cause serious injury at the same time.
Reason #2: Vaginismus
The second reason for which you might need or be recommended a vaginal dilator is one called vaginismus.
If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a medical condition whereby the muscles of the vagina contract, sometimes painfully, making sex extremely painful, uncomfortable or downright impossible.
Sometimes, vaginismus is a mental condition that instead causes the physical change to happen rather than the other way around – one that can be overcome with plenty of time, and sometimes therapy depending on the cause.
Other times, the cause of vaginismus is instead physical – and can be attributed to a whole range of medical conditions which would be far too extensive to list here. It’s recommended that you make an appointment with your doctor in both cases before you make use of a vaginal dilator or try to treat the condition yourself, just in case.
In both of these cases, a vaginal dilator could help you to ease into it – and at least manage the condition of vaginismus if it doesn’t cure it entirely. If you are experiencing this condition and find that a vaginal dilator doesn’t help, you should make an immediate appointment with your sexual health practitioner to find out what the root cause of the vagina tightening up could be.
Reason #3: Vaginal Reconstruction
The reasons we’ve mentioned above aren’t the only reasons why you might want to make use of a vaginal dilator. The product is also recommended and prescribed as part of recovery after vaginal reconstruction, and is just one critical part of the process you’ll need to go through when it comes to getting back to health.There are many of reasons why a vaginal reconstruction might have been done; one of these reasons is the fact that many women will feel “out of shape” after they have had children – or they might have some minor surgery to repair damages and tearing that has occurred after childbirth.
Many times, vaginal reconstruction is also part of sexual reassignment surgery, and a vaginal dilator is one of the recommended treatment options for being able to give shape to the vaginal canal over time.
Vaginal reconstructive surgery is also sometimes done in the case of a pelvic floor injury, which can happen in a variety of ways – including through childbirth, or through a hernia when (for example) a too-heavy weight is lifted too suddenly.
But it doesn’t have to be as drastic as this for you to find vaginal dilators useful, either. Could it be right for you?
Reason #4: Chemotherapy
Did you know that women are also commonly prescribed the use of a vaginal dilator after they have undergone an intensive course (or several) of chemotherapy, especially if the treatment has been related to their reproductive health?
To understand why, we have to first tell you a little bit more about how chemotherapy works: Yes, you are basically bombarding the body (and cancer cells) with radioactive isotopes. That’s why some people refer to chemotherapy as the “red devil” – and its effects on the body, though it takes care of breaking down the cancer cells, can be painful and sometimes disastrous.
Scarring of the body’s soft tissue during chemotherapy is exceptionally common – in fact, so common that it’s almost expected in most forms of chemotherapy treatment. Sensitive parts include the armpits, sides of the body – and any and all soft tissue that makes up part of your body.
Of course, this includes the inside of the vagina – and after someone has undergone chemotherapy, they will need to make a few changes to their health in order to recover. One of these changes is the use of a vaginal dilator, often prescribed, to minimize the instances of scarring to the vaginal tissue.