| Robert J. Echenberg, MD
Loosening a tight, painful vagina the easy way
When you have a tight, painful vagina, it's hard to talk about. You live knowing that sexual intercourse is painful. Even using a tampon could cause severe discomfort. Perhaps, you may even avoid necessary pap smears and pelvic exams.
You might believe that you're the only one experiencing vaginal pain and discomfort. But you're not alone. Many women suffer from tightness and look for the best way to loosen vaginal tissue. The good news is that increasing vaginal capacity is possible and much easier than you think. It's essential to keep in mind that every vagina is different. Vaginas become inflexible for a variety of reasons. The best way to stretch a constricted vagina is with a vaginal dilator.
This article will first explore the reasons for tight vaginas and then how to increase the size of the vagina the easy way with a vaginal dilator.
Table of Contents
- Seven Reasons for a tight, painful vagina
- Loosening with Vaginal Dilators
- What to expect after dilation therapy
What are the reasons for a tight, painful vagina?
Cancer Treatment can cause a vagina to tighten up
When a woman has cervical cancer, the most common treatment is pelvic radiation. Strong gamma or x-rays penetrate the cervix to kill the cancer cells. During radiation treatment, the rays inflame and irritate vaginal tissue. As the vaginal tissue heals, it forms scars along the vaginal wall and pelvic floor. The scar tissue shortens and narrows the vagina, making sexual activity, and gynecological exams painful.
Infections: Possible tightening related to Vaginal Infections
One possible reason for lessened vaginal capacity is a yeast infection. A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection caused by the organism Candida albicans. The symptoms of yeast infections are vaginal stinging, burning, and discharge. While 20-50% of all women have yeast present in their vaginas, it’s the imbalance of the normal levels of bacteria and yeast that cause the infection.
Dyspareunia is a possibility
Dyspareunia is painful sex, either due to physical or psychological concerns. Genital pain can occur right before, during, or after sexual intercourse. The burning or stinging associated with dyspareunia may be caused by the following:
- Injury or trauma
- Certain medications
- Hormonal imbalances
- Congenital abnormality
- Skin infections
Changes in vaginal tightness after childbirth
Having a baby brings about many natural changes for women. After childbirth, some women report a vagina change. The vaginal muscles may feel sore and inflamed for some time, making sexual intimacy difficult. Other problems might be dryness from low estrogen levels when breastfeeding. If you have an episiotomy (a cut making the vagina entrance larger), scar tissue might have formed in the vagina, causing a narrowing of the pelvic floor.
Vaginismus is the persistent or involuntary muscle spasms that happen right before vaginal penetration occurs. Upon pelvic examination, no medical reason can be determined. The muscle spasms make sexual intercourse painful and embarrassing. Besides penetration, the contractions can occur before a medical exam and inserting a tampon. Vaginismus doesn't interfere with sexual arousal, but rather causes sexual dysfunction, making a healthy sex life difficult. Healthcare professionals sometimes believe the medical condition is more emotional rather than physical, and recommend seeing a therapist.
One cause for a tight vagina might be sexual abuse. Past trauma can have a powerful effect on sexual health. When you're sexually abused in your childhood or as an adult, engaging in intimate relationships might be stressful and overwhelming. One physical reaction is a tightening of vaginal muscles, leading to painful intercourse or avoidance of sexual activity of any kind. Triggers such as penetration might further increase vaginal constriction. Sexual abuse and vaginismus might be connected, as well.
Menopause affects the tightness of a vagina
Menopause is a naturally occurring condition that primarily affects women in their late 40s and early 50s. It signals the end of women’s reproductive abilities and menstrual cycle. As women transition into menopause, they experience painful symptoms. Some symptoms include:
- Vaginal Atrophy
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
The causes of the symptoms are from the imbalance of the vital sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. As you age, you lose functioning in the ovaries and produce fewer sex hormones. Menopause can also change the shape of your vagina. If you don't have regular intercourse after menopause, your vagina can become shorter and narrower.
Using Vaginal Dilators to Loosen Things Up
For all the medical conditions listed above, the easiest way to loosen a vagina is with a vaginal dilator. Most medical professionals recommend using vaginal dilators after radiation treatment to expand vaginal muscles and reduce painful scarring. Talk to your doctor before starting treatment with vaginal dilators.
What are vaginal dilators?
VuVa Magnetic Neodymium Magnetic Vaginal Dilators were invented by a vulva pain patient who suffered from painful intercourse and desired a solution. Vaginal dilators come in different sizes, generally ranging from 2.25-6.5 inches in length to .5-1.5 inches in width. They resemble a tampon and have tapered ends to make insertion easier. High-quality dilators are made of medical grade polycarbonate plastic.
How do vaginal dilators help?
Vaginal dilators help to stretch and loosen the vagina naturally. The VuVa dilators have Neodymium magnets that help relax muscles and ligaments. As the vaginal muscles and tissues relax, the magnets encourage blood flow to the inflamed or scarred area to calm the nerves. We have iron in our blood, and every ion or atom has oxygen and triggers an electrical impulse.
Together, these elements create our bodies own electrical, magnetic field. When the magnetic vaginal dilator is placed against the painful area, it brings in fresh oxygenated blood to the surrounding muscles and stretched nerves. The drawing in of the new blood accelerates healing while minimizing pain.
How to use vaginal dilators?
Some people may believe that using vaginal dilators is difficult at first. However, once therapy is in place, using vaginal dilators becomes easy and routine. Most physical therapists and doctors recommend treatment at least 3-5 times per week, but at first, one or two times per day might be necessary. The following is a suggested treatment method.
- Vaginal dilators work best when you find a private place to use them. Choose a location that won't be interrupted.
- Wash the dilator with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
- Apply water-based lubricant to the dilator for natural lubrication.
- Lean back with your knees bent and open your legs wide. You can use a mirror to view your vaginal entrance.
- Start with the smallest vaginal dilator first and work up to longer or wider ones. Slowly insert the dilator. Try to relax the muscles in your vagina.
- Once inserted, leave it there for 10-15 minutes. Or as long as you can. After a few minutes, start to move the dilator in and out slowly.
- Practice Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
- Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles inside of the vagina to improve sexual function and urinary incontinence.
What to expect after dilation therapy?
Using a vaginal dilator to improve vagina capacity will take more than a few sessions. Some doctors and therapists recommend ongoing treatment for an extended period. Usually, it takes a few weeks for pain and discomfort to subside before sexual intercourse can be undertaken. But once the vaginal dilators start to work, women experience the following:
- Lessened pelvic floor muscle tension
- Decreased pain during sexual penetration, allowing for a healthier sex life
- Better able to undergo pelvic exams
- Allowing for easier insertion of tampons
- An overall sense of happiness and joy
For those experiencing pain and discomfort from a short and narrow vagina, using a vaginal dilator can help women live pain-free. It's the easiest and safest way to improve women's health.