Constructed of sturdy acrylic
Availabe in different sizes; 2, 2 and 3cm diameters
Available in single pack
Gentle self-treatment for women receiving
- Pelvic radiotherapy for Carcinoma of cervix, Endometrial carcinoma, Carcinoma of vagina, vulva, other pelvic tumors
- Post surgery Hysterectomy, radical vulvectomy, other pelvic surgery. Abdomino pelvic resection
I CAN Care vaginal dilators is a range of dilators designed to help women alleviate medical conditions affecting the vaginal structure, following radiotherapy to the vagina, cervix or pelvis. Radiotherapy can cause some internal scarring (adhesions) to the treated area and make the vagina narrower, drier and less elastic.
I CAN Care vaginal dilators help to reduce the risk of scarring and offer an effective way for patients to take an active role in their treatment. Preventing the formation of scar tissue within the vagina helps ensure that the vagina remains supple so that sexual intercourse and vaginal examinations can be performed without discomfort or pain.
I CAN CARE Vaginal Dilator is available in three graduated diameter sizes of 2cm, 2.5 cm and 3 cm to make insertion and removal easier.
- Effective treatment for use in the comfort of the home
- Treatment pace is directed by the user
- Three graduated sizes to help users to progress gradually
- Designed to help build confidence
After menopause, the vagina becomes dry, less elastic, narrower, and shorter. Some cancer treatments can also cause these changes within the vagina. To help you with these changes, your healthcare provider has suggested that you use a vaginal dilator and start doing vaginal dilator therapy. Vaginal dilator therapy is a resource you can use throughout your life.
It will help to:
- Allow your healthcare provider to perform a more thorough pelvic exam.
- Make it more comfortable for you to be examined.
- Prevent your vagina from becoming too narrow.
- Keep your vagina more elastic.
- Allow you to have vaginal sex with less discomfort.
As a result of your recent treatment, your vagina may have become narrowed and shortened due to the formation of scar tissue. I CAN CARE vaginal dilators have been designed to greatly reduce your risk of scarring and assist you in keeping your vagina supple. This will help reduce any long term discomfort from follow up examinations, further treatments and sexual intercourse.
Please read these instructions fully before using I CAN CARE vaginal dilators for the first time
How to use your I CAN CARE vaginal dilators
Before You Begin Prior to first-time use, wash dilators and handle in warm, soapy water, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.
Privacy Use the dilators in a private, comfortable setting where you will be undisturbed.
Positioning The recommended position to use the dilators is to lie flat on your back with your knees bent at a 45 degree angle and legs slightly apart. Alternatively, you may stand with one leg raised on a chair. Make sure you can easily touch the opening of your vagina. Practice Kegel exercise.
Progression Start with the smallest dilator and, once you can comfortably insert it, progress to the next size up. You may find when you first use the dilators that you can only tolerate the tip of the dilator. With persistent use you will be able to gradually progress to full insertion, then larger sizes. When transitioning sizes, move from the smaller dilator to the next size in the same session, as vaginal muscles will already be relaxed and the transition will be easier. The time it takes to progress from size to size varies by individual.
Inserting a Vaginal Dilator -- 1. Apply water-based lubricant (like K-Y jelly), to the tip of the dilator and to your vaginal opening. Do not use petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) 2. Relax as best as possible. Using controlled breathing, slowly ease the dilator into the vagina going as deeply as is comfortable. Continue to insert the dilator until you feel slight discomfort or muscle tension and then stop. Since the vagina slants upwards and towards your back, the dilator should be angled upwards and in the direction of your back during insertion. 3. Once the dilator is inside the vagina move the dilator in a forward and backward motion, then a left to right motion and if possible, gently rotate the dilator in position by twisting the handle.4. Do a set of Kegel exercises. These Exercises will help you relax your pelvic floor muscles and insert the dilator a little further. If it is still difficult to insert the dilator after doing Kegel exercises, take some deep breaths. Then, refocus on relaxing your pelvic floor muscles and try to insert the dilator a little further. Dont worry if you cant insert the dilator completely. Over time, you may be able to get the dilator in a little bit further. 5. Leave the dilator in place for 5 to 10 minutes. 6. Gently push it back and forth to stretch the length of your vagina. 7. Gently rotate the dilator in wide circles to stretch the width of your vagina. Repeat this at the back, middle, and opening of your vagina. Some women find it helpful to work with more than one size dilator. 8. Remove gently and slowly while rotating.
After You Are Done You may have a small amount of bleeding when you use the dilator. This is normal. A panty liner will be enough to manage this. If you have a lot of bleeding, such as bleeding that soaks up a sanitary napkin, call your healthcare provider. If you get urinary tract infections (UTIs) often, you may want to urinate after dilator therapy. If you have any questions or problems, talk with your healthcare provider at your next appointment.
Duration & Frequency You should practice dilator therapy several times per week (i.e., every other day). The more you do it, the more you will benefit. Duration and frequency of dilation may range from three minutes twice a week up to ten minutes and twice daily*. Please consult with your Healthcare Professional.
Cleaning Instructions I CAN CAREvaginal dilators, should be washed after each use. Wash in warm, soapy water, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before storing in in a clean bag. Ensure all traces of soap are removed to avoid irritation. Remember to wash the dilator handle if it has been used.
Warnings and Precautions
These instructions are intended as a guide. Further advice may be obtained from your Healthcare Professional.
Return Policy: We are not able to accept returns on the vaginal dilator product. For health and safety reasons, vaginal inserts, vaginal dilators that have been sold to a consumer cannot be restocked and are prohibited from resale.I CAN CARE Vaginal Dilators