I love color!
At the meeting of the North American Menopause Society, my first thought when I saw the Soul Source dilators was: What gorgeous colors.
Then of course, I noticed the shape–after all, the conference focused on menopause and the problems it causes. Jane Silverstein of Soul Source and I talked about this innovative product, and she promised to write about it for Friend for the Ride. Take it away, Jane!
“My doctor suggested I insert a cucumber in my vagina!”
Yes, it’s true, I hear this quite often from menapausal women seeking advice for sexual pain.
Ladies, there are much better options. You may or may not have heard of vaginal dilators. We are Soul Source Therapeutic Devices and what we do is manufacture and sell vaginal dilators. (One of my kids thinks this raises my mom cool factor, the other wants to climb into a cave when I talk about my products.) You may be thinking “What is a vaginal dilator and why would a woman need one?”
Vaginal dilators are tapered, progressively sized devices used to slowly stretch the walls of the vagina so that sexual penetration is more comfortable. Soul Source dilators resemble body tissue; they retain body heat and are a much more comfortable alternative to a garden vegetable, or the cold hard glass or plastic dilators that some doctors recommend.
Many women experience sexual pain (clinically known as dyspareunia) due to the hormonal changes that follow menopause. With this drop in estrogen the tissues in the vagina and surrounding area become thinner and dryer. This condition is also known as VVA, or vulvovaginal atrophy.
In addition to dryness many women can experience pain, tightness, or an uncomfortable burning sensation. VVA is the most common cause of painful sex in women over 50. Without treatment or frequent comfortable sexual activity, many women begin a cycle of pain and sexual avoidance. The regular use of vaginal dilators reduces the vaginal tightness and associated sexual pain.
Soul Source dilators come in eight sizes, the smallest dilator being about the size of a junior tampon. They are sold individually because each woman has her own “starting point”. Our dilators are made in the USA, with material made in the USA.
Ladies, you have alternatives. Cucumbers belong in a salad, not in your vagina. Please visit our website at www.soulsource.com for more information and on line ordering.
Your friend in menopause, Jane Silverstein
Thanks to Jane for writing about those colorful dilators and thanks to Cliff for taking the cucumber photo for me on a grocery trip. Being married to a menopause blogger can make for an interesting bedfellow (pun somewhat intended).