• Girlie parts from Radiation

    Asked by Gizz on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Girlie parts from Radiation

    I start radiation in 7 days and heard that the girlie parts down there get tight. I was wondering if after treatment those parts become normal again? Any ideas' or suggestions.

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      About half of women develop vaginal stenosis - shortening and narrowing of the vagina from the radiation. My radiology oncologist gave me a dilator to begin using 8 weeks after radiation ended to stretch things. However, that's when I had my APR surgery so it was no physically possible to begin dilating.

      After mop-up chemo, I got a referral to a pelvic floor physical therapist who stretched and massaged away some pretty mean scar tissue - they use a technique like mid-wives do for first-time mothers. Then I used a series of dilators to get back close to normal.

      Ask them for detailed information and begin using a dilator as soon as radiation as they say it is safe to sue. Best wishes - the good news is that I am NED 5 years after a Stage IV rectal cancer diagnosis. I had extensive lymph node involvement. One of the purposes of pelvic radiation is to reduce the risk of recurrence.

      20 days ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @JaneA is correct in that vaginal or rectal stenosis is common with radiotherapy to thst area. The Rad oncologist will offer a vaginal dialator but the better dialator is called Cool Water Cones. They are 90% water and self lubricate in the shower. You use it for 2 minutes and then refrigerate it so it eases the burning from dryness. They are no phallic shaped at all. I hope this helps.

      20 days ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      This is actually great info and helps me too. Thank you ladies. Thank you @Gizz for asking this question.
      Do they have help for women who have had vaginal reconstruction that makes the canal very short? I have asked my OB/gyn, but he didn't have an answer, and with everything else going on with my body nobody wants to do anything aggressive or comprehensive on any of my body parts. There is always the future though!

      20 days ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @Skyemberr,
      That is the beauty of cool water cones. They come in a three pack and you start with the smaller shorter one, then you work your way into the second and finally to the larger one. The link is as follows:
      https://www.coolwatercones.com/

      18 days ago
    • Gizz's Avatar
      Gizz

      Thank-you for all your sound advice.

      15 days ago

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