Vaginal applicators play a crucial role in women’s health, making it easier to administer various treatments and maintain optimal vaginal health. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll discuss the purpose of vaginal applicators, how to use and clean them, and share expert advice.
A vaginal applicator is used for inserting different preparations into the vagina:
- Medication (i.e., Monistat for infection)
- Hormones (i.e., estrogen, such as Premarin or Estrace),
- Lubricants (i.e., Replens), etc.
Some applicators come pre-loaded and are used only once before being discarded. Others are used repetitively and last for months/years as long as they are properly cleaned. The applicator of a tampon is a mini version of a disposable vaginal applicator.
Watch our YouTube video How to Use and Clean a Vaginal Applicator, or read on:
- Screw the straight end with the threading onto the tube of the preparation to are to use (lube, medication, estrogen)
- Fill the applicator to desired or prescribed level
- Unscrew, and add a dollop of the preparation to the tip to smooth its way into the vagina
- If you use vaginal estrogen, smear some on the vulva & clitoris before inserting into vagina
- Insert the loaded applicator into the vagina and empty it (press the plunger part into the barrel part)
- Hold it closed as you take it out so it won’t re-suck what you just deposited in the vagina
- Turn on the hot water to a comfortable temperature
- Pump the applicator under the running water
- Take the applicator apart (pull out the plunger from the barrel)
- Wash the applicator parts with soap and water; you may use a Q-tip for removing leftover residue from the tip of the barrel, or better yet – get an eyebrow brush and dedicate it for this very purpose – it works great!
- Rinse well and pat dry
- Leave disassemble, wrap in a paper towel, and let dry until ready to be reused
Do not boil the applicator as it will cause it to melt and lose its shape & functionality.
Vaginal applicators are an essential tool in women’s health, providing a convenient and effective way to administer various treatments. By following the expert advice of Dr. Ditza Katz and the Women’s Therapy Center, you can ensure that your vaginal applicator remains clean and functional, helping you maintain optimal vaginal health.
To further assist you in understanding and using vaginal applicators, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions:
The lifespan of a reusable vaginal applicator depends on the material and quality of the applicator, as well as how well it is cared for. Generally, a well-maintained applicator can last for months or even years. However, if you notice any signs of wear or damage, replacing the applicator is best to ensure safe and effective use.
No, sharing a vaginal applicator is not recommended, as it can increase the risk of spreading infections or causing irritation. Each person should have their own dedicated applicator.
It’s crucial to consult with your healthcare provider before using a vaginal applicator during pregnancy. While certain medications and treatments may be necessary and safe to administer with an applicator, your doctor will provide guidance based on your specific needs and circumstances.
If you experience discomfort or pain while using a vaginal applicator, stop the process immediately and consult with your healthcare provider. They can assess the situation and guide whether you should continue with the treatment, adjust the technique, or explore alternative options.