Tips about using dilators

A customer with severe vaginal atrophy purchased a set of dilators. However, she tried the largest dilator first in order to get a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, this overstretching caused her laceration injuries and urinary tract infection (UTI). She is in pain. She wanted to know what to do next.

By common sense, most customers would follow instructions and use the dilators stepwise. However, it is understandable that all people in pain want to get recovery fast. Without a warning, people may try anything just to get a speedy recovery. Thus, I want to provide some tips about how to use dilators safely.

1) Avoid overstretching

It is understandable that one may wish to move up the sizes quickly to get a more rapid recovery. However, this can be counterproductive. The recovery of vaginal atrophy is a slow process. Moving up the dilator sizes too quickly or skipping sizes can cause overstretching, which in turn can tear the atrophied tissue to cause injuries. Please do not skip the sizes and try the largest dilator first. Please be patient and do the exercise with a stepwise increment to avoid possible injuries due to overstretching. Please give one size dilator at least 3-4 weeks to allow tissue to catch up the growth before moving up to the next size.

2) Prevent UTI

Dilation exercise can physically mobilize bacteria normally on the skin into the bladder to cause UTI. Pee immediately after each exercise can prevent UTI. Urination can flush out bacteria that entered the bladder during the dilation exercise. Therefore, drinking a lot of water before dilation exercise can help build up the urinating pressure. It can produce a strong "power wash" flushing to prevent UTI.

Nov 5, 2021

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