Tips To Consider When Using a Vaginal Dilator

A vaginal dilator (also known as a vaginal trainer) is a medical device used to stretch the vagina gradually.

A vaginal dilator is used as therapy for dyspareunia. A vaginal dilator is also used when the vagina has narrowed due to childbirth, yeast infections and STIs, or medical conditions like endometriosis, vaginal stenosis, and menopause.

If this is your first rodeo, below are helpful tips for using a vaginal dilator.   

Apply a Water-Based Lubricant

Apply a water-based lubricant to the opening of your vagina and the GRS vaginal dilator. This will help the vaginal dilator easily slide into your vagina. 

● Avoid using petroleum jelly as a lubricant as it can cause infections.

● Do not use silicone or oil-based lubricants as they are hard to wash off the dilator. 

Be Gentle

Using gentle pressure, gradually insert the round tip of the GRS vaginal dilator into your vagina. 

● Insert the dilator toward your backbone or at a slightly tilted angle (like how you insert a tampon).

● Slowly insert the dilator until you feel muscle tension or slight discomfort. Stop if insertion becomes painful.

Do a Set of Reverse Kegel Exercises

Reverse Kegels help relax your pelvic floor muscles and insert the GRS vaginal dilator deeper into the vagina. 

● If you cannot insert the dilator even after doing the reverse kegel exercises, take deep breaths, re-focus on relaxing your pelvic floor muscles, and insert the dilator deeper into your vagina once again. 

Gently Rotate the Dilator 

Gently rotate the GRS vaginal dilator inside your vagina for five to ten minutes. You can add more lubricant during this process.

● Slowly push the dilator in and out of your vagina. This stretches the length of your vagina.

● Slowly rotate the dilator in wide circles at the opening, middle, and back of your vagina. This stretches the width of your vagina.

● You can get better results if you work with different-sized dilators. For example, you can use a small dilator deeper inside your vagina until you are ready to graduate to the next size and a larger dilator at the vaginal opening. 

Wash Your Dilator

Wash your GRS vaginal dilator with hot, soapy water. Pat the dilator dry with a paper towel or a clean towel and store it as instructed in your kit. 

Use the above tips when using a vaginal dilator, and watch as your vaginal tissues become pliable and you start experiencing less pain and anxiety during penetration.