I have been using dilators for years, but only recently I have had a sort of stinging / burning sensation from using a dilator, not while it is inside but afterwards. My vagina felt itchy for a few days (no other symptoms) then eventually felt normal again. I then tried the dilator again and the same thing happened. I’m not sure what is causing this. Has anyone had this experience?
My first thought was to rule out an infection of some kind, maybe a low level yeast or bacterial infection can cause vaginal itching.
My other thought was about your hormone status, any change in hormones? Birth control, perimenopause, menopause? Lower levels of estrogen in the vagina can also cause itching and burning and supplementing the vagina/vulva with hormones can be really helpful.
I might also consider switching lubricants, and see if that changes anything for you.
All great suggestions Melissa! I’d definitely go to a doctor or gynecologist and rule out a yeast infection or something like that. In terms of lubes, I think water/silicone blends like Sliquid Naturals Silk is excellent and might work for you. I don’t recommend water-based lubes myself as they dry out so fast.