Trans Women: Special Considerations for the Milli Vaginal Dilator

By |2024-03-19T10:18:46-07:00February 20, 2024|

Vaginal Dilators as a Medical Device The Milli vaginal dilator is an FDA-cleared medical device intended for controlled dilation of the vagina. When cleared, a medical device is granted an indication for use. This is the Milli vaginal dilator’s labeled indication for use: For an examination (by your doctor) In preparation for a surgical procedure (that requires vaginal penetration) To help relieve the symptoms of vaginismus (a condition that involves tightening of the vaginal muscles) and ...

Pelvic Floor Exercises to Help with Vaginismus

By |2024-03-26T10:03:52-07:00January 19, 2024|

Key Takeaways Pelvic floor exercises offer an effective treatment for vaginismus, which causes discomfort and pain during vaginal penetration. These exercises target the muscles supporting organs like the bladder, bowel, and uterus, and help enhance blood flow to the vaginal region. Regular practice, encompassing contractions, quick sprints, and relaxation, can help individuals regain control over these muscles, reducing involuntary contractions that cause discomfort. Consistency in these exercises and seeking professional guidance can be instrumental in ...

Vaginal Dilators for painful sex

By |2024-01-18T08:20:13-08:00December 18, 2023|

Three common mistakes women make with dilators. Vaginal dilation is a love/hate relationship for everyone experiencing painful penetration. Vaginal dilation is a process of using a device to gradually dilate the vaginal space and prepare your muscles for intimacy. While most women ultimately find dilation helpful, it invariably starts to feel like more and more of a chore. In this blog we are going to talk about how to make the most of vaginal dilation ...

Vaginal Dilator Sizes: Static vs. Dynamic

By |2024-01-18T08:19:45-08:00December 18, 2023|

When you live with vaginismus, a vaginal dilator is one of the options available to you as you begin treatment. Choosing the right one for you is almost as important as finding a healthcare provider that understands your own personal journey. One choice you must make is between a static and dynamic dilator. There are pros and cons to each, so we figured we’d give you a breakdown to help you decide. ...

My Female Partner is Worried About Painful Sex: What do I do?!

By |2023-09-20T11:13:09-07:00May 28, 2023|

  It is more common than you might think for women to experience painful sex. Approximately 75 percent of women experience pain during or after sex at some point in their lives1. Because of the stigma around this issue, your partner might be hesitant to approach you about this.   Painful sex may be related to a condition called vaginismus, which is the involuntary tightening of vaginal muscles. While the tightening of the muscles itself might not be painful, ...

Vaginal Dilators: What’s the Scoop?

By |2023-10-01T11:28:00-07:00May 15, 2023|

Help relieve the symptoms of vaginismus: pain with sex, insertion of tampons, pelvic exams, or any other kind of wanted penetration. Pain with sex or any vaginal penetration can be difficult, but there are options. Vaginal dilators can be a great option when it comes to your journey to wellness.  Practices in relaxation and expansion of the vaginal and pelvic muscles may help ease the symptoms. The vaginal dilator is meant to help with this process, as it is designed ...

Vaginismus Overview

By |2023-10-02T01:06:14-07:00March 27, 2023|

Do you dread going to the gynecologist because of traumatic pap smears? Does painful sex prevent you from achieving healthy intimacy with your partner? Do you find it impossible to insert a tampon? Or maybe you’ve been told you have an “overactive” or “tight” pelvic floor. If any of this resonates, you may be suffering from a condition called vaginismus, and you are not alone. Vaginismus is a common condition and can affect women of all ages, including trans ...

How to Relax Your Pelvic Floor

By |2023-10-02T01:11:14-07:00February 21, 2023|

If anyone’s ever told you, “Just relax!” in response to stress, you know how, well, stressful those instructions can be. Indeed, figuring out how to “relax” when we are in a tense state can feel impossible, unless explicit instructions are given. Now, imagine you are told to relax muscles you didn’t even know existed. This is the reality for approximately 1 in 3 women in the US who will experience some form of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) in their ...

Dismissed Symptoms: When Your Doctor Isn’t Listening

By |2023-09-20T11:08:37-07:00February 21, 2023|

If you think it’s all in your head that your doctor isn’t listening to you when you ask for help with symptoms and health issues, it’s not. Three years ago, TODAY did a study about how women felt doctors didn’t truly hear them or listen to them in office visits and emergency rooms.     The survey’s findings included many personal stories from women who had had their serious conditions dismissed by doctors, but also some shocking statistics. Twenty ...

Misunderstanding Women’s Pain

By |2023-10-01T23:25:27-07:00February 21, 2023|

It seems ironic that while we have access to more information than ever before, some doctors seem to listen to us less and dismiss us more. Even though it was many years ago, I have strong memories of doctors dismissing my pain. My first ovarian cyst ruptured when I was just 14 years old. The unbearable pain landed me and my parents in an emergency room where a doctor gave me a rather uncomfortable exam, then misdiagnosed me with ...

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