What are the benefits of silicone vaginal dilators?

Firstly let’s just quickly cover what silicone vaginal dilators actually are. Vaginal dilators are tube-shaped instruments that are inserted into the vagina. 

Vaginal dilators can be used to retrain the body and vagina to relax when presented with stimulus around the vulva (known as desensitisation therapy). If you have dyspareunia or vaginismus, dilators can help lessen pain and muscle spasms, and help you learn how to control, and relax, your pelvic floor muscles. They can also help you warm up to sex if you’re feeling apprehensive or need to prepare your tissues and muscles!

Vaginal dilators are also used to gently stretch the vagina walls, preventing narrowing and improving flexibility of the tissues. Because they come in a range of sizes you can work up from a smaller size to a larger size over time. This gentle stretching can be helpful post menopause or cancer treatment.

Each person’s needs are different when it comes to vaginal relaxation and dilation therapy, that’s why you can find dilators of all types including silicone, rigid, plastic and even vibrating! 

So, what are the benefits of medical-grade silicone dilators?

Natural texture. They’re softer than regular plastic dilators and feel more natural. And because they have a natural texture that’s close to body tissue they are incredibly comfortable and can help make your vaginal relaxation exercises or dilation therapy that much more effective.

Natural weight. They have a natural feeling weight which allows for proprioceptive feedback - basically, making it easier for your body to recognise the dilator and relax.

Temperature control. Silicone dilators can be chilled in the fridge, used at room temperature or warmed in hot water - whatever is most comfortable for you.

Safe to use. No nasty plastics, phthalates or BPA makes them safe to use on your body.

Resilient. Use them for as long as you need - the silicone makes them super resilient and durable.

Easy to care for. Just a simple hand wash and air dry and they’re good to go. And if needed, they can also be sterilised via autoclave.

Emma McGeorge

Physiotherapist and pilates instructor, Emma McGeorge is our founder. Emma spent years managing her own pelvic health issues, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.