The Role of Dilators in Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty

The Role of Dilators for Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS)

It's essential to recognize that undergoing gender confirmation surgery (also known as sex reassignment surgery or genital reassignment surgery) to change your physical sex as an adult is an immensely significant choice in ones life. This path requires a profound reservoir of inner strength to embrace your true self. We extend our warmest congratulations and celebration, regardless of where you currently stand on this transformative journey.

Penile inversion vaginoplasty is a gender-affirming surgical (GRS) procedure that transforms the genital anatomy of transgender women, creating a neovagina from existing penile and scrotal tissues. This complex and life-changing surgery offers individuals an opportunity to align their external appearance with their internal gender identity. 

As a crucial part of the post-operative care and healing process, dilators play a significant role in maintaining the success of the procedure. We will dive into the importance of dilators in penile inversion vaginoplasty, their proper usage, and the impact they have on patients' lives.

Understanding Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty

Penile inversion vaginoplasty is a surgical technique that involves using penile and scrotal tissues to create the neovaginal canal. The procedure includes removing the testes, penile skin inversion, and shaping the neoclitoris. The result is a neovagina that is aesthetically and functionally similar to cisgender female genitalia.


Vaginal Dilation after Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty

Vaginal dilation plays a crucial role in your healing journey following vaginoplasty. These dilations are essential for maintaining the openness of the vaginal canal and preventing a condition called vaginal stenosis, which involves the scarring and narrowing of the vaginal walls. After the procedure, the newly formed vagina has a tendency to undergo closure due to the body's natural response to healing, which involves scarring. However, in this context, this healing process can be counterproductive to your desired outcome.

Typically, individuals undergoing male-to-female (MtF) gender confirmation surgery initiate vaginal dilation within a few days post-surgery and often maintain the practice to varying extents throughout their lifetime.

Your surgeon will provide you with guidance on the proper and safe utilization of vaginal dilators, including selecting an appropriate size and establishing a recommended frequency for post-operative vaginal dilation to uphold the health of your neo vagina. In the event that this information is not shared, it's important to proactively seek clarification and ask for these essential details. 

Following your gender confirmation surgery (GCS), it is advisable to maintain a routine of daily vaginal dilation for up to three months. Subsequently, transitioning to a schedule of once a week or every other week, based on your individual needs, is considered appropriate. As you initiate vaginal intercourse, your dilation frequency may further decrease, potentially requiring only a monthly session as needed.

Are you interested in acquiring premium-quality Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) dilators?

Urology Health Store Canada has Canada's best selection of medical dilators. UHS's selection of vaginal dilators gives the patient or user the choice between materials, shapes and sizes. They all have been skillfully crafted by a pelvic floor health physical therapists to ensure they are of medical quality and also allow you to have a secure experience during dilator therapy for your neo-vagina. 

Urology Health Store offers dilators from popular brands like Medintim (Vagiwell), Intimate rose and VuVaTech. 

The Vagiwell® 6 by Medintim has been specifically designed to be used following MTF gender confirmation surgery.



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