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Bleeding After Dilator Use? Here’s What To Do

Women all around the world use vaginal dilators to help with a variety of conditions, from cancer recovery to vaginismus. Whatever the condition you are seeking help with, in all instances, vaginal dilators are used to stretch the birth canal and restore normal function to the vagina. Bleeding after dilator use may be alarming when it first happens, but you don’t need to worry as it is usually normal.

A vaginal dilator (VD) is a smooth and cylindrical tool. When used in therapy, the VD is inserted into the woman’s vagina regularly, with variable regimens depending on the woman’s vaginal conditions.1,2 


When you first start using a vaginal dilator, the birth canal is not yet accustomed to it and has not had the chance to stretch any. Therefore when you first insert your dilator, you are encouraging it to expand. Initially (and especially after treatments that have weakened the tissues) you may experience some degree of bleeding after using your dilator.

The bleeding may present as slight spotting, or perhaps more consistent bleeding. It might happen while you are using the vaginal trainer, but it can also happen after you’ve finished using it. For some women, bleeding after dilator use continues for months or even years, and although less common, this is still normal.


If you find yourself bleeding or spotting, don’t panic. You can simply wear a panty liner or sanitary pad until it stops.

As using dilators can be a little uncomfortable at first, be sure not to force it. You might make your bleeding worse, so it would be better to wait a little and try again after a few days.


Your bleeding is unlikely to continue for more than a day, but if it does, you should call your healthcare provider for a check up. The same goes if you find that you are bleeding even with months or years of dilator use. Although it may not be a serious problem, it is a good idea to make sure.

Most women find that bleeding after dilator use stops with time, because the vagina inevitably begins to stretch and can accommodate dilators more easily.


Once you are comfortable with the dilator you’re using, you will probably need to increase the size. If you can insert the current dilator fully, it may be time to choose a larger dilator. This is standard with vaginal dilator therapy, but you will do it slowly, according to the pace at which your body responds.

As you experience less and less discomfort, you can move up to the largest dilator sizes. However, each time you may experience spotting or bleeding again after dilator use. After some time, you should be able to have examinations and intercourse with less discomfort.


It is important to get regular check ups from your healthcare provider whether you are bleeding after dilator use or not. There are a couple of important things to note ahead of your appointments so that your Doctor can properly assess your vagina:

  • For three days beforehand, don’t use your vaginal dilator
  • For one day beforehand, don’t have sex

It is also very important that before you embark on a course of vaginal dilator therapy in the first place, you should book your yearly examination.


If you find that you have persistent or particularly heavy bleeding, contact your Doctor, oncologist, gynecologist or whoever is responsible for overseeing your dilator use. This is also the case if you are unable to use your dilator, if sex is painful, or if you’re unsure whether you’re using the dilators properly. You may also find our guide on using vaginal dilators helpful.

The bottom line is that if you’re bleeding after dilator use, you don’t need to panic. Depending on how regular or heavy the bleeding is, you can probably manage it easily yourself. However, if in doubt, always contact your healthcare provider to be on the safe side.

1. Bach F, Glanville JM, Balen AH. An observational study of women with Müllerian agenesis and their need for vaginal dilator therapy. Fertil Steril. 2011;96(2):483–486. [PubMed] [] 2. Cullen K, Fergus K, Dasgupta T, Fitch M, Doyle C, Adams L. From “sex toy” to intrusive imposition: a qualitative examination of women’s experiences with vaginal dilator use following treatment for gynecological cancer. J Sex Med. 2012;9(4):1162–1173. [PubMed] []

Dilator therapy helps improve pelvic health and female sexuality. They are used to help a wide variety of female health concerns. Speak to your doctor today about how dilator therapy can help you.

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Tara Langdale Schmidt is the inventor of the VuVa Dilator Company. She has pelvic floor dysfunction herself and wanted to create a dilator set that is made in America that women can trust. VuVatech has been in business since 2014 and has helped over 50,000 women all over the globe. She patented the Neodymium Vaginal Dilator, that is clinically proven to help with blood flow and nerve pain.

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