Pelvic Floor Exercises to Help with Vaginismus

By |2024-02-06T09:29:06-08:00January 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. ...

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, ...

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 ...

Take your power back in the bedroom

By |2023-09-20T11:15:05-07:00May 1, 2023|

Three things to help you navigate intimacy with Vaginismus When it comes to sexy-time with your boo, vaginismus can put a cramp in your style for sure!  Vaginismus-related intense tightness and pain make women not only avoid sex but forego any and all forms of physical intimacy.  Women sometimes fear that other forms of physical closeness might put their partner in “the mood” only to say NO when it comes to penetration.  They hold back their kisses and caresses ...

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 ...

Drop It To The Floor: Pelvic Floor 101

By |2023-10-02T00:44:37-07:00February 21, 2023|

When it comes to muscles, we all know the heavy hitters. Most people can point to their biceps, abs, and hamstrings, and probably even demonstrate a few exercises that target each one. But how many times have you heard someone talk about strengthening their coccygeus (kok-sij-ee-uhs)? Do you remember ever learning about your levator ani muscles in school? Probably not. Although these muscles are present in people of all genders, those with female anatomy are more likely to suffer ...

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 ...

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