| Tara Langdale

Do Silicone Dilators work?

The answer is YES!

When shopping for silicone dilators, it can be hard to choose the right one for your needs. Also, you need to know how to correctly use silicone vaginal dilators. VuVa Vaginal Dilator company, located in Sarasota, FL, has now helped over 30,000 women all over the globe with their dilator needs. Do you need plastic or silicone dilators? What sizes do I need? How do I use them? VuVa can help. 

VuVa™ Silicone Vaginal Dilators are made out of Grade 6 Medical Silicone. These dilators are top quality and extremely comfortable silicone.  


Our Dilators are made with 100% platinum cured medical grade silicone using FDA approved colors and ingredients. VuVa™ Silk Silicone Dilators are safe, phthalate free, hypoallergenic and suitable for those with latex allergies. The premium silicone used is non-porous and silky soft to the touch with a luxurious feel. Firm, yet flexible, without being too hard, they warm quickly with body heat and can also be frozen if needed. Do not use silicone based lubricants with VuVa™ Silk Silicone Dilators.





Do I need plastic or silicone dilators?

There are two main types of vaginal dilators, silicone and plastic. We have listed below some information to help you decide on what type of vaginal dilator you need. Silicone Dilators are a great starting device for women in severe pain and afraid of penetration. 


Pros of using Silicone Dilators:

1. Non-intimidating soft material, great if you have severe atrophy or significant pain
2. More flexible 
3. Silicone dilators can quickly adapt to your body heat and feel very natural and comfortable when inserted

Cons of using Silicone Dilators

1. Smaller dilators can be very soft and harder to insert if vaginal muscles are tight
2. Cannot be used for trigger points very easily due to flexibility 
3. Cannot break up scar tissue as easy as plastic dilators

What are the benefits of silicone vaginal dilators?

1. They’re softer than regular plastic dilators and feel more natural. 

2. Silicone dilators can be chilled in the fridge, used at room temperature or warmed in hot water - whatever is most comfortable for you.

3. Use them for as long as you need - the silicone makes them super resilient and durable.

4. Simply hand wash your dilators and let air dry.

5. They can also be sterilized via autoclave.



What sizes silicone dilators do I need?

We recommended you start out with a size that you can insert with ease to get the feel of dilator therapy and to help with the fear of penetration if present. We do have single silicone dilators available, but recommend multiple dilators so you have the necessary sizes to achieve desired results. We recommend asking your health care professional if you need help about the correct sizes you may need if you have any questions. If you can fit your pinky finger in you with ease, you probably do not need the Size 1 dilators. If you can fit your thumb in with ease, you will not need the Size 2 dilator most likely. Here is a size chart for your reference:




How do I use silicone dilators?

For best results use VuVa™ silicone dilators 1-2 times a day

Directions Before Use: Wash dilators with a mild, fragrance-free soap and warm water. Let the dilators air dry. VaniCream Bar Soap is recommenced. 

Start by testing the smaller size VuVa™ Silicone Vaginal Dilators to see which size you are comfortable inserting. You may find that when you are first starting to use dilators, you can only tolerate the tip and that is normal. Increase dilator size only after you can insert current size dilator with ease.

  1. Lubricate the VuVa™ Dilator and vagina opening generously with a lubricant your choice. IMPORTANT: Do not use petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline) or Silicone based Lubricant.
  2. In a private place, preferably a bed, lie on your back or in the fetal position. Bend both knees and spread your legs apart. Taking calm breaths, relax your body. Using gentle pressure, insert the smaller round end of the dilator into your vagina. Make sure that the dilator shaft is inserted as deeply as is comfortable for you. Do not insert entire dilator: leave larger, round flat end outside of vaginal opening.
  3. Remain lying on your back while the VuVa™ Silicone Vaginal Dilator is in place. Leave it in for 20-30 minutes (the longer the better) before taking it out. You may have to hold dilator in place, as your vaginal muscles may try to push it out.
  4. When you can insert smaller dilator with ease, you may progress up to the next size within the same session. Your muscles should be relaxed. Moving to the next size dilator should then be easier. Note: progressing up in size may take days or weeks to complete comfortably.
  5. Wash the soft silicone dilators after use with mild, fragrance-free soap and warm water. Let the dilators air dry.
  6. IMPORTANT: Do not walk around with dilator inserted. Do not use dilators during sexual intercourse. You can use them right before. 


Why would I need a Silicone Dilator? 

If you have painful intercourse due to a pelvic pain condition, pelvic floor physical therapy with vaginal dilators is a safe and beneficial home treatment for the following conditions: 

  • Vulvodynia
  • Vulvar Vestibulitis
  • Vaginismus
  • Dyspareunia
  • Pelvic Radiation Therapy
  • Menopause
  • Vaginal Stenosis
  • Vaginal Atrophy
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Vaginal Agenesis 

If you have painful penetration and do not keep relaxing the muscles during intercourse or dilator therapy, the muscles can then become very tense and cause your condition to become worse. You may start to associate penetration with pain. Each time you try to penetrate, your muscles will then tighten up causing more pain. Dilating on your own, in the convenience of your own home, is an effective way to keep muscles working and blood flowing to the area for healing. Dilator therapy also creates blood flow and can help with vaginal dryness by creating natural lubrication. 


How much do Silicone Dilators Cost?

VuVa Silicone Dilators start at $22. You can buy single dilators or you can buy the full set. Do you need silicone dilators? Visit our Silicone Dilator Store 


Other VuVa Helpful Links:

7 Reasons for a Tight Vagina and How to Loosen 

How to use Vaginal Dilators 

How to Relax Vaginal Muscles, Vaginismus & Sex 

Vaginal Stretching - Keeping in Shape with Dilators 

Do Dilators Really Work? Yes, and They can Improve Your Sex Life!

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VuVa Dilators on Netflix!

Well what a surprise!!! A few years back we received an email from the props department on the Sex Education show on Netflix. They asked if we could send them a vaginal dilator set for their show. We couldn't say yes fast enough! 

Checkout Sex Education on Netflix: Season 2 Episode 8