September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

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In the United States, it is estimated that more than 94,990 new cases of gynecologic cancer will be diagnosed this year and an estimated 28,780 deaths nationwide will be attributed to gynecologic cancer in 2014 alone.

These cancers affect the female reproductive system and include the cervix, endometrial, fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus and vagina.

In an effort to increase public awareness about gynecologic cancers, Cool Water Cones is joining other organizations nationwide to promote Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in September.

Gynecologic cancer facts you should know:

* All women over age 18 should have a yearly Pap test (also known as a Pap Smear) and pelvic exam to establish a pattern of gynecologic health.

* Talk with your gynecologist, know how to best protect yourself and your loved ones. Spread the word, “Be aware“.

* On average, every 5.5 minutes a woman in this country will be diagnosed with a cancer of the reproductive organs.

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Welcome to World Menopause Day Ladies!

Welcome to World Menopause Day Ladies! Its not a celebration. Its a reminder that, at an average age of 52, you can expect to lose your sexual confidence and suffer (in silence) from vaginal atrophy. You’ve come a long way baby…

 

Click here for the full article by Suzi Godson

 

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September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

In the United States, an estimated 80,720 new cases of gynecologic cancer will be diagnosed in 2009 and an estimated 28,120 deaths nationwide will be attributed to gynecologic cancer. These cancers affect the female reproductive system and include the cervix, endometrium, fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus and vagina.

In an effort to increase public awareness about gynecologic cancer, Cool Water Cones join other organizations nationwide to promote Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in September.

Gynecologic cancer facts

* On average, every 6.4 minutes a woman in this country will be diagnosed with a cancer of the reproductive organs.

* All women over age 18 should have a yearly Pap test (also known as a Pap Smear) and pelvic exam to establish a pattern of gynecologic health.

UPMC developed a website of resource information for learning more about gynecologic cancer:

http://www.upmccancercenters.com/awareness/9gynecologic/

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What makes Cool Water Cones unique?

Natural Ingredients
Cool Water Cones are composed of a blend of hydrocolloids with GRAS food direct consumption status, not uncomfortable metal or ridged plastic like most vaginal dilators. There are NO chemicals used in the structure or manufacturing of Cool Water Cones. All ingredients in Cool Water Cones are FDA approved and made with 100% all-natural ingredients.

Safety
The cone manufacturing process involves enough heat to make the product bacteria free when placed in its vacuum sealed packaging. This assures a more sanitary product than reusable, washable dilators. Cool Water Cones are semi-disposable (2-week shelf life after initial use) and don’t contain hollow cores which can harbor bacteria and microorganisms.

Comfort
Cool Water Cones are self-lubricating. No additional lubrication is recommended. Activate lubrication with tap water. The cone becomes extremely slippery while remaining chemical free. Patients comfort will be increased due to the cool gel like structure of the dilator. Many dilators must be washed with soap which can cause adverse reactions to delicate skin and may even damage a patient’s healing tissue. Cool Water Cones are flexible and naturally contour to fit a woman’s healing body. Each woman has a unique internal shape and radiotherapy, surgery, scar tissue and time can exacerbate the narrowing and shape change of the vaginal canal.

Cool Water Cones are over 90% water. As a result the cone will experience normal evaporation if left unsealed.

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Why are vaginal dilators used in treating vaginismus?

Dilators are very helpful with certain parts of vaginismus treatment.

When used properly, vaginal dilators are very helpful with certain parts of vaginismus treatment. Vaginal Dilators can be very effective tools in helping to eliminate the PC muscle reflex, the underlying cause of vaginismus tightness, burning, and penetration difficulties. Dilators help enable women to have precise control over the size, speed, and angle of insertions and provide a substitute means to trigger the PC reflex in a sex-like context. Together with appropriate exercises, as women consciously and consistently squeeze and relax the PC muscles with dilator insertions, they learn how to override the involuntary muscle contractions that had previously caused tightness or closed the entrance to the vagina to sex. The process helps create new ‘muscle memories’. Through the proper use of dilators, women can more easily develop control over involuntary tightness and simultaneously desensitize their vaginal muscles, body and mind to the sensation of having something in their vagina. This is all done as transition preparation for inserting the “real thing” (i.e. the man’s penis) without pain or tightness. Together with appropriate exercises, they help women retrain their bodies to respond correctly to penetration and to transition to fully pain-free intercourse.

Note that there is more to treating vaginismus then simply inserting dilators. Contrary to popular believe, the focus of dilator use in treating vaginismus is not to ’stretch’ the vaginal tissues or vaginal opening, but rather to assist women to gain control of their pelvic floor. Women with penetration difficulties related to their vaginismus often mistakenly assume that dilators are used to stretch their vaginal opening so that it will be larger, when, in fact, their penetration problems relate to problems with involuntary tightness of the pelvic floor.

excerpted from: http://www.vaginismus.com

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Which Size?

Which size dilator should I use?

The small dilator is intended to begin penetration. It offers soothing relief to burning, wounded or otherwise traumatized tissue. This small cone also allows you to become comfortable with the concept of inserting a foreign object into your own vaginal cavity. Once you are comfortably tolerating the small cone, it then becomes time to move up to the medium size cone.

Our medium cone has more length to the dilator and the change to the width, although still gradual, is significantly larger. The Medium cone after being comfortably tolerated during penetration will be the cone intended for patients to use while performing routine maneuver exercises. It is important to eventually begin applying gentle pressure on the sides of the vaginal walls with the cone. This exercise will continue stretching the vaginal walls for more comfort during future vaginal examinations.

Rotation along with gentle in and out motions are especially helpful if you are trying to prepare yourself to return to being sexually active. We recommend the large cone for that stage of recovery.

It is best to work with your doctor to make the decision as to when each stage, size or exercise is appropriate during your recovery.

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