What is a Vaginal Dilator?

A vaginal dilator is a smooth plastic cylinder with a gently rounded tip. They are used used to stretch the vaginal muscles to make them more pliable. Typically, it is required for women suffering issues with narrowing, scarring, or the need for development of their vaginas. Women with conditions such as vaginal agenesis, or those recovering from gender reassignment surgery use them to create vaginal openings. There are many medical conditions affecting the vaginal structure can be treated through use of a dilator.

Vaginal dilators are typically bought as a set consisting of several dilators in graduating sizes. This is to allow users to progressively increase the size of dilators used in order to progressively stretch their vaginal walls. They are used by inserting the dialtor for 5-10 minutes at a time on a regular basis. For more information on effective use, visit the links below.

Therapy using these simple medical devices is very effective for the uses listed above. If you have had use of a dilator set recommended to you by a GP or consultant it’s important to be fully informed and comfortable about using them. Check out the resources below to find out more about using vaginal dilators, and to familiarise yourself with effective techniques to achieve maximum benefit.

What is a Vaginal Dilator, and what does it Look Like?

Dilators come in many shapes and sizes, but they all serve the same purpose. Your doctor will be able to advise the best product for your needs, but here are some images of the sets which are widely available in the UK: –

Vagiwell vaginal dilators.
Amielle Comfort by Owen Mumford.
Amielle Care by Owen Mumford.

Further Reading

How to use a Vaginal Dilator