Soreness after dilation

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  • #44237
    Prorenada
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    I’ve been dealing with vaginismus and vulvodynia for about 8 years now band I just started getting treatment about a year ago for both. I bought a set of 6 dilators about 7 months ago and I’m currently on my 4th dilator. Progress is a bit slow on that dilator but I’m trying not to rush myself. I got the dilator about 3/4th in last night which I’m happy about even though it was a struggle. But I am experiencing a lot of soreness today and it also hurts a little to sit. I’m wondering if this is a normal part of the progress.

    #44536
    SexlessInSeattle
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    I think that if you’re significantly sore the next day you might be pushing it a little too hard. When I’ve been able to make good progress, slight soreness is common (and I will say – it’s more uncomfortable than the soreness from working out other muscles, because it has more of a “stinging”/”throbbing” element to it). But usually any time I’ve been more sore than that was a result of pushing my body too much (e.g., medical exam, trying to have sex when I wasn’t ready). Dilation should be pretty gentle and slow, while still uncomfortable in the moment. If you’re seeing a medical professional or PT it might be helpful to discuss with them how sore you’re getting or how much you should be “pushing” with the dilators. Congrats on your progress!

    #44907
    recessivegenequeen
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    Good advice from SexlessInSeattle! I’d agree that if you’re feeling a ton of soreness the next day you may have gone a bit too fast. If you want to get REALLY used to a size before you move up to the next one, you might try sleeping with a dilator in. This can really be effective (I struggled with it personally because I’m normally a stomach sleeper which didn’t really work with a dilator in, but a lot of women do that and like that it gives them so much passive dilation time.

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