| Tara Langdale

Navigating Vaginal Dilator Progression: Size Matters in Healing

A Vaginal dilator set is an essential tool for those recovering from certain gynecological procedures, dealing with conditions such as vaginismus, vaginal atrophy, vulvodynia or undergoing gender-affirming surgery. These simple devices can greatly aid in regaining vaginal capacity, elasticity, and comfort during intimacy. But understanding how to properly progress through sizes and integrate dilators into your self-care routine is crucial for a successful recovery with minimal discomfort.

In this article, we will explore the process of vaginal dilator progression, focusing on the importance of a gradual approach, effective usage tips, the psychological dimensions of the process, and practical advice for incorporating dilation into your routine.

Importance of Gradual Dilation

For beginners, the thought of using a dilator can be intimidating. However, medical experts emphasize the need to proceed gradually in order to avoid discomfort and the risk of injury. Starting with a size that feels comfortable is key, and steadily progressing to larger sizes over time allows the body to adapt without unnecessary stress.

Tips for Comfortable and Effective Use of Dilators

  1. Choose the Right Size:

Begin with a dilator size that does not cause significant pain – pain levels should remain below 3-4 on a scale of 10. If you're partaking in a regular sexual activity, or if you can comfortably insert a tampon, you might start with a larger size.

  1. Be Mindful of Psychological Comfort:

It’s common to feel apprehensive about the process. Create a relaxing environment and engage in deep breathing or other relaxation techniques to ease any anxiety.

  1. Incorporate Lubricants:

Use a generous amount of water-based lubricant to ease the insertion process. This minimizes friction and makes dilation more comfortable.

  1. Find a Comfortable Position:

Most find lying down with knees bent and legs apart to be the most comfortable. Find what works best for you.

  1. Take your Time:

Never rush the dilation process. Go slowly when inserting, and allow your body to dictate the pace of progression.

Psychological Aspects of Dilation

Dealing with the psychological impact of using vaginal dilators is as crucial as managing the physical aspect. It’s important to acknowledge and validate any feelings of discomfort or embarrassment. Support from a counselor, therapist, or a support group can be very beneficial during this period.

Progressing from Smaller to Larger Dilators

A set of dilators typically includes multiple sizes, each progressively larger than the last. The process of moving from one size to the next should be guided by comfort and ease of use. Don't progress to a larger size until you can use your current one without discomfort.

Integrating Dilation into Self-Care Routine

Treat the process of dilation as you would any other aspect of a self-care routine: prioritize it and perform it with care and attention. Maintain a schedule and be consistent with your practice. Over time, dilation should become easier and less intimidating.

Choosing the Correct Dilator Size

Determining your starting size should be done in consultation with a healthcare provider or you can ask a dilator company for help. Remember, if dilation is causing significant pain, consider moving to a smaller size until you can proceed without exceeding a mild discomfort threshold.

How to pick your Vaginal Dilator sizes:   

When shopping for dilators, it might be hard to know what size vaginal dilators you need. If you ask your physician or pelvic floor physical therapist, they should be able to tell you what size you need to start your pelvic floor therapy with. Some people do not need the entire set and some people do.

When it comes to our size vaginal dilators, there are seven to choose from. We have one of the smallest vaginal dilators on the market and one of the largest. 

When is come to VuVa brand dilators, the smallest dilator, the Size 1, is comparable to a pencil and the Size 2 is comparable to a women's pinky finger. If you can get a larger tampon applicator in with ease, you may want to start with a Size 3 or 4 dilator if your muscles are very tight, or you have a lot of atrophy pain.

If you are sexually active, you might not need the smaller dilators and starting with the Size 4 or 5 and moving up would be best for your home therapy plan. You can also purchase the size dilator that is comparable in circumference to your partner if you are sexually active.

As dilator therapy can be uncomfortable, you do not want to be in extreme pain when you are dilating. If you are, then you need to move down one dilator size. On a pain scale of 1-10, you do not want to go over a 3-4 pain level when dilating. Now, when you first put the dilator in, it can be very painful, but that pain should subside after a few minutes. You don't want to be in extreme pain the entire time during your dilator therapy. 

In Conclusion

Medical Vaginal dilators play a critical role for many in their healing journeys, but they require a mindful and measured approach to use. With these practical tips and the guidance of healthcare professionals, you can safely and effectively manage your dilator progression. Don't overlook the importance of psychological support during this process; emotional well-being is just as critical to your overall recovery.

Always remember, you're not alone on this path. Proper support, whether it be from healthcare professionals or peers, along with trustworthy information, can make a significant difference in your healing process. With time, patience, and the right practices, dilation can become a manageable part of your routine towards achieving better health and well-being.

Learn more about our comprehensive selection of vaginal dilators and take control of your healing process. Your comfort and care are our top priority.

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