Lubrication for vaginismus
Lubrications are always a big topic for vaginismus patients. Most women use water-soluble lubes, and it is a good idea to check what the different companies have to offer on the Internet.
Water-soluble lubes tend to absorb overnight and when sleeping with a dilator overnight, the dilator can be a little difficult to remove in the morning. This is because the lube has been absorbed, resulting in a dry dilator.
Olive oil and other tricks
When going to sleep, it is a good idea to coat the dilator with a lube that lasts through the night. Olive oil is cheap, readily available, and is well tolerated by the vagina. The olive oil can be applied as a base coat followed by the water-soluble lube.
Another trick is to coat the dilator with a silicone-based lube. This will last longer than a water-based lube and once again will aid in the removal of the dilator in the morning. This too can be coated with a water-soluble lube. A word of caution: If too much silicone lube is used it can harm the silicone dilators. So once in a while is OK and just a light coating of silicone lube on the dilator.
Cocoa butter is anther lube that is tolerated well and this too can be used to coat the dilator. Some love the smell and this is an added bonus.
Twisting the dilator prior to removal in the morning will break the seal and make removal easier.
Going for the pink
Remember that there is a major benefit to sleeping with the purple dilator in that it provides passive stretch during sleep, easily tolerated by most women and sets the stage for advancing directly to the pink dilator (#5) when waking up. Remove the purple dilator and go directly for the pink.
Pacik Glass dilators
All of the above comments apply equally well to the Pacik Glass Dilators.
Since Dr. Pacik retired on September 1st, 2015, we are not selling the Pacik Glass dilators through our office anymore but we do have a web page with the manufacturer Crystal Delight where you can still order them. You can order the dilators as a set or individually with or without a pouch.
If you have any questions about our Botox treatment for vaginismus and progressive dilation under anesthesia, please contact us via our contact us form.