Author: Amy S. Little (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa)
Dilator stretching is often a frequent part of treatment for multiple disorders involving the pelvic floor muscles and it is unknown what the time and duration of dilator use is until patient goals are achieved. This paper looks at studies involving patient use of vaginal dilators with the diagnoses of vaginismus, dyspareunia, and pelvic pain to begin to answer the question. It was determined the recommendations given to UIHC physical therapy patients with these diagnoses change to increase the daily time and frequency of dilator usage.
Keywords: Vaginal dilator, vaginismus, dyspareunia, genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder, physical therapy, pelvic floor muscles
How to Cite: Little, A. S. (2023) “A literature review on vaginal dilator use”, Proceedings in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 12(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/2154-4751.31871