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Instructions for at-home vaginal dilator therapy for vaginismus and related conditions
Jillian Romm, RN, LCSW. Contemporary OB/GYN

Choosing a Vaginal Dilator
Providing several solutions for vaginal health, Soul Source offers a wide range of vaginal dilators. So, in order to help you choose the right dilator, here are some quick tips to complement the recommendation of your Qualified Medical Practitioner (QMP)Read more

Vaginal Dilators for Dyspareunia
Dyspareunia, or pain during intercourse, can be more than a little irritating—it can be debilitating, both to your sex life and your everyday comfort. Thankfully, it can also be remediedRead more

Medical Abstracts

Reproducibility and genital sparing with a vaginal dilator used for female anal cancer patients.
Briere TM, Crane CH, Beddar S, Bhosale P, Mok H, Delclos ME, Krishnan S, Das P.,Department of Radiation Physics, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Can an educational intervention improve compliance with vaginal dilator use in patients treated with radiation for a gynecological malignancy?
Brand AH, Do V, Stenlake A., Department of Gynecological Oncology, Westmead Hospital, New South Wales, Australia

From “sex toy” to intrusive imposition: a qualitative examination of women’s experiences with vaginal dilator use following treatment for gynecological cancer.
Cullen K, Fergus K, Dasgupta T, Fitch M, Doyle C, Adams L., Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada

Determination of prognostic factors for vaginal mucosal toxicity associated with intravaginal high-dose rate brachytherapy in patients with endometrial cancer.
Bahng AY, Dagan A, Bruner DW, Lin LL., Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Simple strategies for vaginal health promotion in cancer survivors.
Carter J, Goldfrank D, Schover LR., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Vulvovaginal chronic graft-versus-host disease with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Stratton P, Turner ML, Childs R, Barrett J, Bishop M, Wayne AS, Pavletic S., Reproductive Biology and Medicine Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland

Links

American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)   A not-for-profit, interdisciplinary professional organization. Members include sexuality educators, sexuality counselors and sex therapists, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals, clergy members, lawyers, sociologists, marriage and family counselors and therapists, family planning specialists and researchers, as well as students in relevant professional disciplines that share an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.

American Cancer Society  A nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)  As the premier organization for obstetricians and gynecologists and providers of women’s health care, ACOG provides the highest quality education worldwide, continuously improves health care for women through practice and research, and leads advocacy for women’s health care issues nationally and internationally.

American Sexual Health Association  Source of reliable information on sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases/infections.

Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)    ACOR is a unique collection of online cancer communities designed to provide timely and accurate information in a supportive environment. It is a free lifeline for everyone affected by cancer & related disorders.

 Cancer Care  Free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.

Cancer.Net  Cancer.Net provides timely, comprehensive, oncologist-approved information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), with support from the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Cancer.Net brings the expertise and resources of ASCO to people living with cancer and those who care for and about them to help patients and families make informed health care decisions.

Cancer Support Community (CSC)  An international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cancer Prevention and Control  A component of the Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC works with national cancer organizations, state health agencies, and other key groups to develop, implement, and promote effective strategies for preventing and controlling cancer.

Foundation for Women’s Cancer  A not for profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)  NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world's leading cancer centers, working together to develop treatment guidelines for most cancers, and dedicated to research that improves the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care. 

 North American Menopause Society (NAMS)  North America’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging.

Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)  An international community of professionals who have clinical and/or research interests in human sexual concerns. Its goals are to facilitate communication among clinicians who treat problems of sexual function, sexual identity, and reproductive life.

The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)  A non-profit professional membership organization founded in 1957 to encourage the rigorous systematic study of sexuality. Membership includes anthropologists, biologists, educators, historians, nurses, physicians, psychologists, sociologists, theologians, therapists, and many other disciplines.

Will2Love  Comprehensive online help for cancer-related problems with sexuality and fertility.Free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)  A professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. Its mission is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health.