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Dilation and Water - Mortal Enemies? [Oct. 23rd, 2008|03:16 pm]
Male to Female, however you choose to say it


I've noticed in the past that if I get water in my vagina (say, for example, I stick a finger up there in the bath), any subsequent dilation is harder for a short while. The water seems to *increase* friction and tighten things up in there, and I guess it probably washes the lube off too (I use aquagel which is water based).

Yesterday afternoon, I went swimming and did a thousand metres, breast stroke. Yesterday evening I dilated, and had the hardest time getting the stent in that I've had for ages. I had to really shove it, which was a little painful, despite relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. Everything was just so incredibly tight and tense up there.

Anyone else get anything similar?

From: lis0r
2008-10-23 02:25 pm (UTC)
Never really had such a problem, and I did, um, "dilate" in the bath for a while. I also tend to blast it out with the shower-with-no-head-on when it gets messy, being as I tend to be a bit of hygiene freak.

Perhaps you're relying on lube left from previous dilations? Or maybe a reaction to soap/chlorine in the water?
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[User Picture]From: auntysarah
2008-10-23 03:00 pm (UTC)
I suspect the latter - it did feel tighter, even when I withdrew and applied more lube.

I've been on antibiotics recently, which seems to have messed my vaginal flora up a bit, and that's probably not helping. I don't douche at all - found that it seems to keep itself clean that way if left alone for the right kind of bacterial colony to develop, and when I used to douche regularly I ended up with a most inconvenient case of bacterial vaginosis for my pains. I guess this is one of those YMMV things.
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From: lis0r
2008-10-23 03:17 pm (UTC)
Inded, highly personal, and highly variable - when I used to not bother to dilate in any form, it pretty much looked after itself. On the other hand, I know someone who has to Veet her insides regularly, or risk Toxic Shock Syndrome.
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[User Picture]From: auntysarah
2008-10-23 05:10 pm (UTC)
I've heard it actively recommended by medical professionals for those whose genital electrolysis did not go to plan.
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[User Picture]From: devida
2008-10-23 07:54 pm (UTC)
ok, now i'm really shi**in myself.
i've got surgery on the 3rd.
I saw Sara in Harrow multiple times and she thinks i'll be ok on the day.
now i'm worried cos i really, really, really donna wanna have to internally veet post-op.

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[User Picture]From: auntysarah
2008-10-23 09:27 pm (UTC)
Sara knows what she's talking about. If she says you'll be OK, she's probably right.

You inversion or flap?
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[User Picture]From: devida
2008-10-24 07:33 am (UTC)
ummm.. the more extensive of the two procedures.
i always get them muddled up so i'm gonna say... inversion.
*blushing with embarrasment cos she can't remember something so simple*
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[User Picture]From: auntysarah
2008-10-24 09:24 am (UTC)
Flap's the more extensive of the two.

Anyway, you should be just fine - I'd trust Sara's judgement.
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From: lis0r
2008-10-24 08:23 am (UTC)
I wouldn't worry too much, this person had her groin job back in the days when genital electro wasn't mandatory, and wasn't easily available, hence she didn't have any.

Back then, a lot of people got away without having electro. I didn't have it, and other than sticking a few fingers up there to pull out a few hairs every few months, I'm fine.

The reason the UK surgeons tend to insist on it these days for private patients is precisely because of cases like above. I'm sure if you've had a few sessions, you've nothing to worry about.
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From: lis0r
2008-10-24 08:18 am (UTC)
Certainly - I'm told it's not pleasant, and one has to be very quick and time precise about it. But it's better than the alternative.
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