Pelvic wands have become increasingly popular as a tool for managing pelvic pain and dysfunction. A pelvic wand is a medical tool used for self-care or by healthcare professionals to alleviate pain or discomfort in the pelvic region. It is designed to be inserted into the vagina and has different end points that can be used to target specific areas of the pelvic muscles.
Pelvic wands can be used for a variety of reasons, including to relieve menstrual cramps, reduce pelvic pain, improve sexual function, decrease vaginismus symptoms, and strengthen or relax the pelvic floor muscles. They are often recommended for women who have given birth or experienced pelvic trauma, as well as those who suffer from conditions such as endometriosis, vaginismus, or vulvodynia.
The most common design for a pelvic wand is a straight or slightly curved wand with a handle on one end and a rounded or pointed tip on the other end. The wand is typically made of medical-grade silicone or hard plastic, both of which are non-porous and easy to clean.
There are different end points available on pelvic wands, including a rounded bulbous end, a pointed end, a curved end, and a ridged end. Each end is designed to target different areas of the pelvic muscles, such as the vaginal walls, the G-spot, or the pelvic floor.
Overall, pelvic wands are a safe and effective tool for pelvic self-care and can provide relief for a variety of pelvic conditions. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before using a pelvic wand to ensure proper use and avoid any potential complications.
Benefits of using pelvic wands
While pelvic wands are still a relatively new and unfamiliar concept to many people, there are several compelling reasons why you might want to consider using one.
Reduces muscle tension: Pelvic wands can be a helpful tool in reducing muscle tension in the pelvic floor muscles. This can be particularly useful for those experiencing vaginismus. By using a pelvic wand, you can gently massage and release tight muscles, making it easier to insert tampons or have sex without pain.
Increases pelvic awareness: Using a pelvic wand can help you learn to consciously relax your pelvic muscles. This can help you feel more in control of your body and reduce anxiety about penetration. In addition, increased pelvic awareness can help with other conditions like incontinence.
Provides a safe and non-invasive treatment option: Pelvic wands are non-invasive and safe to use when used correctly. Unlike some other treatments for vaginismus, using a pelvic wand does not require medication, injections, or surgery. This makes it an attractive option for those who are looking for a more natural, holistic approach to managing their symptoms.
Improves sexual satisfaction: By relieving muscle tension and increasing pelvic awareness, using a pelvic wand can help make sex more comfortable and pleasurable. It can also help with other conditions that affect sexual function, like pain during intercourse or difficulty achieving orgasm.
Complements other treatments: Using a pelvic wand can be used in conjunction with other treatments for vaginismus. For example, pelvic floor physical therapy can help identify and treat muscle tension, while using a pelvic wand can help maintain progress between sessions.
Promotes self-care: Using a pelvic wand regularly can help promote a sense of self-care and control. By taking an active role in managing your symptoms, you can improve your overall well-being and mental health.
Types of Pelvic Wands
When it comes to choosing a pelvic wand, there are several options on the market. Intimate Rose, my personal favorite, offers several different options, including a standard wand, a vibrating wand, and a temperature control wand. The standard wand is designed to help with general and focal point pelvic muscle tension, while the vibrating wand can help further increase muscular activation and help with neuro-reeducation and help decrease overall pain more effectively. Finally, the temperature control wand can help reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow.
How to use a pelvic wand
If you’re interested in using a pelvic wand for self-treatment, it’s important to understand how to use it correctly and safely. In this blog post, we will provide you with some tips on how to use a pelvic wand for self-treatment, but as always, it’s best to receive coaching from a pelvic health therapist or expert.
- Identify the trigger points: The first step is to identify the areas of muscle tension that are causing you discomfort. This can be done by inserting a clean, lubricated pelvic wand into the vagina or rectum and gently probing the area for any tender or painful spots. It’s important to use a water-based lubricant to ensure a comfortable experience and avoid any irritation.
- Apply gentle pressure: Once you’ve identified the trigger points, apply gentle pressure to the area using the wand. Start with a light touch and gradually increase the pressure until you feel a deep stretch or mild discomfort. It’s important to remember to be gentle and patient with yourself, and never force the wand or cause any pain.
- Hold the pressure: Hold the pressure on the trigger point for 30-60 seconds or until you feel the muscle relax and release. You should also implement strategic diaphragmatic breathing techniques to help relax the muscle and elongate the pelvis. Remember to avoid holding your breath during the process, as this can increase muscle tension.
- Move the wand: You can also move the wand around to explore the area and find other trigger points. Make sure to move slowly and gently to avoid causing further discomfort. It’s important to take your time and be mindful of your body’s response.
- Move your pelvis: Once you’ve identified the trigger points, you can also engage in pelvic floor exercises to help release tension. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. With the pelvic wand inside your vagina on a possible area of tension (after you’ve already held pressure), you can try the following exercises:
– Pelvic tilts: Gently lift your pelvis off the floor, tilting your pelvis up towards the ceiling. Hold for a few seconds, then slowly lower your pelvis back down. Repeat several times.
– Hip rotations: Slowly rotate your hips in a circular or serpentine motion, as if you are drawing a large circle or figure-eight with your knees. Repeat several times in each direction.
– Kegel squeeze and release exercises: While using the pelvic wand, practice Kegel exercises by contracting and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles. Start by squeezing your muscles as if you are trying to stop the flow of urine, hold for a few seconds, then focus on the relaxation and release. Repeat several times.
- Release the tension: After you’ve finished working on the trigger points, gently remove the wand and take some time to stretch and release any tension in the surrounding muscles. This can be done through stretching exercises such as yoga, Pilates, or simple stretches that target the pelvic floor muscles.
It’s important to note that pelvic wands should only be used with the guidance of a healthcare professional. Incorrect use can cause further damage or exacerbate existing symptoms. Additionally, if you suspect that you have muscle tension in your pelvic floor, it’s best to seek the advice of a healthcare professional, who can help you develop an appropriate treatment plan that may include the use of pelvic wands.
Adding pelvic wands to your pelvic pain or vaginismus recovery can be a great option, and even continue to provide good check-in maintenance and self-care after healing. If you’re looking for more specific information and resources for vaginismus recovery, reach out! Pain-free Intimacy specializes in mind-body nervous system and muscular reeducation approaches to vaginismus recovery and we’d love to help you on your journey to fun pain-free sex!