For some women, the vaginal muscles involuntarily or persistently contract when they attempt vaginal penetration. This is called Vaginismus. The contractions can prevent sexual intercourse or make it very painful.
Vulvodynia, most commonly is described as burning, stinging, irritation, and rawness. Aching, soreness, throbbing, and swelling also may be felt. The entire vulva may be painful or pain may be centered in a specific area.
No. 1 VuVatech Magnetic Dilators
These VuVatech Vaginal Dilators top our list because they regenerate vaginal capacity, expand the vaginal walls, add elasticity to the tissues, and best of all, allow for comfortable sexual intercourse. How do the work? Soothing Neodymium magnets are within each dilator to increase blood flow and relieve sexual discomfort while the soft tissue lengthens, relaxing muscles and ligaments. As the tissue relaxes, the Neodymium magnets increase blood flow to the painful area calming nerves. Recommended by the Echenberg Institute of Sexual pain, this innovative product was created for women, by a woman who has Vulvodynia herself. Tara Langdale-Schmidt is the inventor of the VuVa Neodymium Vaginal Dilator set. Read more about her story here in Self Magazine.
No. 2 Slippery Stuff Lubricant
In our number 2 spot is Slippery Stuff Gel. This personal lubricant enhances the pleasure of human contact and its ultra slick and silky gel has been recommended by physicians for two decades. It is water-based, water soluble, safe hygienic, odorless, non-staining and long lasting.
No. 3 Therawands
Designed by Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists, the Therawand was designed to mimic their own hands while releasing hypertonic muscles, scar tissue and adhesions. The brilliant curves and design make the wand the perfect shape to gently massage muscles that are tender, tight and gives it the ability to release trigger points.
No. 4 Natural Vaginal Cream by NeuEve
NeuEve Natural Vaginal Cream is a natural remedy for vulvar itching, burning (vulvodynia) and dryness associated with vaginal atrophy. All natural, organic, green, and food-grade ingredients. Its is one of our top products because it Eases painful sex (such as dyspareunia and vaginismus), relieves vulvovaginal itching, burning & dryness.
No. 5 The OHNUT
The Ohnut is the revolutionary wearable that allows couples to explore comfortable penetration depths during sex. With its smart, simple and playful design, this comfy wearable is worn externally at the base of the penetrating partner so you can adjust how deep feels good, for both of you. Buy the Ohnut here.
No. 6 100% Pure Coconut Oil
100% Pure Coconut Oil can be used as a lubricant for sexual intercourse and during foreplay. Many women choose to use coconut oil that suffer from vaginal dryness as they find it decreases friction and can make less painful and more pleasurable. Coconut Oil has moisturizing properties that make it an effective lube and allow for longer- lasting sexual intercourse.
No. 7 Vagikool® Reusable Feminine Cold Packs
VagiKool® Reusable Feminine Cold Packs are one of the safest and most effective natural ways to relieve pain. The pack molds itself to your body so that you can enjoy soothing relief where you need it more. Its low profile design makes it so discreet no one will know you are wearing it.
How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can help:
In addition to the above products, Pelvic Physical Floor Therapy has been proven to help women suffering from these two conditions. Pelvic floor therapy involves stretching the pelvic floor muscle group, which is responsible for a variety of functions. These muscles support the pelvic organs and contribute to sexual arousal and orgasm. This, in combination with at home dilator therapy, has proven to be most effective when relieving the symptoms of vaginismus and vulvodynia.
For a list of Pelvic Floor Stretches to do at home click here.