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Q: Will dilators help me prepare, in my 60s, for my first sexual encounter?

by Dr. Barb DePree MD

Yes, vaginal dilators will help gently and gradually to assure that your vaginal tissues are stretched. I recommend using them one or two times a day for 20- or 30-minute sessions. The more you use them, the more quickly you'll get the results you're looking for.

Dilators come in graduated sizes, starting as small as a half-inch diameter and stepping up to 1 3/8-inch diameter. Take your time, and I'm sure your first experience will be a comfortable one! Congratulations.


  • Yes, vaginal estrogen, or localized estrogen can be great at restoring vaginal comfort again. It is a low dose option that does not deliver estrogen throughout your body, only to the place that needs it most, your vagina!

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  • I started up having sex again in my early 60’s (after at least 2 years of undesired celibacy). The first time I had sex again, it hurt a lot and I bled (only a small amount, but it lasted for 4 days).

    What I found helped me was an estrogen ring (need a prescription) which is inserted every 3 months and stays in until the next one is inserted.

    I am now happily sexual frequently and don’t have any pain, but do have lots of pleasure!

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