Vaginal dilators can be used in the treatment of some women suffering from vaginal agenesis. The condition is a birth defect that can be found in 1 in 5,000 women. Before birth, the vagina stops developing because the vaginal plate fails to form a channel. This means sufferers may have a shorter or partially formed vagina and in severe cases, may not develop one at all.
Some women require surgery to rectify this problem, however many can effectively reconstruct their vaginas by gradually stretching them using a vaginal dilator. The dilator is used against the vaginal skin for 20 minutes a day, with a small amount of pressure being applied.
Some types of surgery requiring skin grafts need the patient to use a dilator for around 3 months afterwards to ensure vaginal structure is maintained as the new graft takes.
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