We’re Attending the AASECT Conference!

For the first time, we are attending the AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) Conference at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa, and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference will be held June 15th-18th, and draws a diverse group of over 600 people from all over the world, many of them professionals and experts in their respective fields which include sex education, psychology, sociology, nursing, counseling, and many others.

This will be the 49th Annual AASECT Conference, and they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with this year’s theme “Honoring Our Past, Celebrating the Present and Envisioning Our Future.” The fields of human sexuality and sexual health have a long history of being considered taboo, and because of that, being under-researched. This year the conference will be recognizing our past and celebrating all of the progress we’ve made, and continue to make, in this area. There will also be an emphasis on the progress the field of human sexuality has come in making its community and research intersectional and how important it is to remember how each individual’s personal experiences, sexual identity, language, culture, and a number of other factors play a role in seeing the complete picture of human sexuality.

The AASECT Conference is one of the largest gatherings dedicated to deepening our understanding of human sexuality and behavior. There are numerous workshops, presentations, and panels that will offer unique perspectives and expert knowledge on a wide range of topics pertaining to sex and sexuality. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for knowledgeable professionals to share the latest research, clinical techniques, statistics, and technology in this field, as well as engage in dialogues that broaden our understanding of the complexities of human sexuality.

Our contribution to the convention will be our Pacik Dilators. As exhibitors, we will be displaying our dilators and sharing information with attendees about their design, how they work, and how they’ve helped so many people. We’re so excited for this opportunity to share our own knowledge and learn from all of the health professionals that will attend. This will be a great way to introduce these devices to the sexual health community, and we hope we can make more people aware of them and what they can do. We are eager to learn from, and be inspired by, all of the information and ideas that will be exchanged there, which will surely expand our minds and make us even better at what we do!

Pacik Dilators

Welcome to our new website dedicated exclusively to our Pacik Dilators!

Here you can find a wealth of information about vaginismus, treatment, our dilators and how they work, and you can also purchase our full range of Pacik Dilators. Not only did we want to make these revolutionary treatment tools readily available to everyone, but we also wanted to create a resource for anyone seeking information or help with the treatment vaginismus. We plan to continue building upon the information we have here, as well as create new avenues for learning and sharing treatment information that will not only make treatment easier, but also help destigmatize those seeking help.

If you haven’t already, check out our page about our collaborator, recognized surgeon Dr. Peter Pacik. Dr. Pacik has been successfully treating vaginismus for years and has even published a book about it. You can head over to his website for even more about him and information on how his treatment has achieved successful results in so many patients.

 

About four years ago we teamed up with Dr. Pacik to create a more ergonomic and effective dilator than anything else available. With his expertise, we were able to carefully design a medical tool that has proven extremely successful in the treatment of vaginismus and other forms of sexual dysfunction. Just last year our Pacik Dilators were nominated for an XBIZ Award for Best Sexual Health Product of the Year. You can also see a great profile on us that features information about our dilators in the Peninsula Daily News.

 

We hope you find our website helpful and informative, and you can always feel free to get in touch with us if you have additional questions not answered on the site.

Who Benefits from using Vaginal Dilators?

Who Benefits from using Vaginal Dilators?

There are many benefits from using vaginal dilators. As a woman ages, there are problems with dryness and sometimes tearing when intercourse is attempted.  This can result in painful intercourse (dyspareunia).  If intercourse becomes impossible because of severe pain, this is known as secondary vaginismus. Though there are treatments for these two conditions, most of these women also benefit from a dilation program using the #4, #5 or #6 dilator (depending on the size of her partner) for 15-30 minutes prior to intercourse to help stretch the vagina slowly without tearing. It is always helpful to start with a smaller dilator such as the number 4 or a finger and then progress to the larger dilators. With experience this becomes easier. The use of lubricants is combined with the dilation.

Women who have never been able to tolerate intercourse due to spasm of the vaginal entry muscle suffer from a condition known as primary vaginismus. Women with more severe forms of vaginismus are also unable to insert tampons. Treatments such as sex counseling, physical therapy and/or Botox for more severe forms of vaginismus rely on the use of vaginal dilators. These conditions are discussed more fully on the Pacik Vaginismus website.

A prior blog on the Crystal Delights website titled “Vaginal Dilators for Vaginismus: The Role of Self Evaluation by Peter T. Pacik, MD” explains the value of self-evaluation for women struggling with vaginismus. Milder cases can self-treat with a good dilation program, which is discussed in Dr. Pacik’s one-hour video  “Understanding and Treating Vaginismus” and is available as a digital download for $25.00.

In summary, there are many indications and benefits for the use of dilators, which include both primary and secondary vaginismus as well as menopausal atrophy with dryness and tearing. The Pacik Glass Dilators are easier to use than other commercial dilators (which are made too long in the larger sizes) because all sizes of the Pacik glass dilators are the length of an average vagina (3 ½ inches) and have a comfortable ergonomic fit at the vulva. These dilators allow a woman to be normally active while dilating.

The dilators are made of medical grade borosilicate glass and resist breakage. Care must be taken when washing the dilators to avoid having them fall against a ceramic sink which can cause breakage. A wash cloth placed in the sink helps prevent breakage during washing. They are dishwasher safe.