Pelvic Floor

Does Menopause Cause Vaginal Tightness?


What Causes Vaginal Tightness

During menopause and the transition into menopause, the body undergoes various changes, including a decrease in the hormone estrogen. The decrease in estrogen can cause the tissues in the vaginal area to become thinner, less elastic, and less lubricated, which may lead to a feeling of tightness or discomfort during sexual activity or even during daily activities. If you are experiencing these symptoms (called vaginal tightness in medicine), vaginal dilation therapy may be an option for you.

What is Vaginal Dilation Therapy and What Do I Need to Know?

Vaginal dilation therapy is a non-surgical, non-hormonal treatment option that uses dilators to promote gradual stretching and relaxing of the muscles around the vagina. The goal is to increase the elasticity and flexibility of the vaginal muscles, thereby reducing pain and discomfort during sexual activity, as well as improving your overall quality of life.

You can begin dilation therapy with or without the help of a medical provider. However, it is always recommended that you speak with a healthcare provider before using a vaginal dilator or beginning any sort of treatment plan to determine what is appropriate for you. Your care provider may also have specific suggestions as to how best to approach vaginal dilation therapy, including a plan you can follow, as they should be familiar with your health history.

One Option is a Static Dilator

Among the options for dilation therapy is a static dilator or a dilator set with graduated size options. With static dilators, you use multiple dilators of varied sizes during your treatment. As you progress with your treatment and become comfortable with one dilator size, you will replace it with another dilator that is a larger size and continue to replace smaller dilators with larger ones until you reach your goal. 

And Then There’s Milli!

Milli is a dynamic vaginal dilator, which means that it provides an all-in-one, multiple size option instead of multiple dilators in different sizes. The overall dilation journey is the same, but Milli is a single dilator that expands or retracts based on what you need, when you need it. Milli allows you to gently stretch and relax your vaginal muscles over time to prepare for a pelvic examination or surgical procedure, and to help sex feel more comfortable during and after menopause. 

Milli is the first and only all-in-one vaginal dilator that gradually expands the vagina at a pace you control, helping you reclaim your sexual health and relieve the symptoms of vaginismus and painful sex. Milli is also the first FDA-cleared vaginal dilator available over the counter.

You Are Not Alone On This Journey

As with any healthcare treatment option, it is important to listen to your body as you move through the process and to communicate with your healthcare provider regarding any issues or concerns you may have. But as you begin your journey with menopause and the various changes it brings, know that many care options and healthcare professionals are available to help you navigate your menopause journey.

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