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What vaginal dilators are and why they are used by women

Vaginal dilators, often termed vaginal trainers or even vaginal expanders, are inserted into the vagina by women to help with medical conditions or symptoms. Such medical conditions or symptoms like dyspareunia (painful sex), vaginismus (involuntary tightening of pelvic muscles), pelvic pain, urinary frequency or urgency, menopause-related vaginal dryness, post-pregnancy or surgery-related scar tissue, and more.

Dilators come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. You may encounter a static dilator (one set size) or an expanding dilator (adjustable in size). Dilators come in silicone or plastic, and some are magnetic-featured or have built-in features like vibration. They are indivually sold as tiny-sized to large-sized or in kits that graduate sizes. Gradually expanding vaginal trainers exist, which women or healthcare professionals may prefer for single insertion and alleviating the need for multiple sizes or kits. Let’s not forget there are also straight, rounded, or curved types and smooth, ribbed, and tapered-end types.

That’s because depending on your body, your condition, and a personal or healthcare professional preference, the use of one over the other (or many) will vary.

Watch this video featuring pelvic health specialist Dr. Stacy Sutton of Sutton Health Advocacy  talking about vaginal dilators further.

The Ins and Outs of Vaginal Dilators – What, Why, and Types:

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Information in this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to replace medical diagnosis or advice from a health care professional. Patients are encouraged to seek a medical appointment for their evaluation of pelvic pain.