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. ...

Dyspareunia: Symptoms and Causes

By |2023-12-20T12:43:52-08:00August 22, 2023|

  Dyspareunia is a term used to describe any type of pain with sexual intercourse, affecting individuals of all ages and genders. It is usually a symptom of an underlying condition, and its diagnosis involves identifying the cause based on the location and timing of the pain. Discussing sexual health with a healthcare provider is important for overall wellbeing, as they can tailor a diagnostic workup, which may include a pelvic exam or other tests, ...

Does Vaginismus Last Forever?

By |2024-02-20T09:59:17-08:00August 22, 2023|

Key Takeaways Painful sex is a common issue, with vaginismus being a condition characterized by involuntary muscle tightening of the vagina which leads to discomfort and pain during penetration. The pain associated with vaginismus can vary in intensity and may be described as burning, sharp, or mild discomfort. Physical causes of pain during sex include infections, tears, dryness, pelvic conditions, and surgeries, while non-physical causes can include anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. Treatment for vaginismus ...

Painful Sex and Sexual Desire

By |2023-09-27T09:33:58-07:00July 11, 2023|

“Sex is not supposed to hurt.” We hear that all the time, but the sad fact for millions of women is that sex does hurt. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimate that up to 75% of women will experience sexual pain at some point in their lives. Sexual pain can be caused by a laundry list of problems including vaginismus, endometriosis, vaginal dryness, painful bladder syndrome, Chron’s disease, fibroids, scarring from surgery, pelvic floor problems, ...

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 ...

Estrogen & the Female Body

By |2023-09-20T11:12:56-07:00May 11, 2023|

Many women note that their body changes after menopause. Common complaints include changes in vaginal tissue (e.g., dryness, pain, fragility), skin (e.g., thinning, easy bruising), mood (e.g., mood swings, depression), metabolism (e.g., weight gain), thinking (e.g., “brain fog”), sleep (e.g., insomnia), and temperature regulation (e.g., hot flashes). These changes occur all over the body, in many different systems. Their common denominator? They are all regulated by estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. What is a hormone? The human body ...

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