How I Overcame my Personal Struggle with Vulvar Vestibulitis
By Tara Langdale Schmidt
Co-Founder Vuva Tech, Pelvic Pain Warrior
Things quickly became worse and I felt like I had no treatment options. I still didn’t have a diagnosis and I was confused about what was causing the pain. I actually asked my doctor if I had something called Vulvodynia because I found it online. He agreed that it was probably that and gave me a prescription for Gabapentin and Ketamine creams. These are compounded creams for nerve pain I was told to use twice a day. I tried lidocaine injections which only lasted an hour and left me hurting from the needle. No treatments helped up to this point.
After constant suffering and getting no answers or solutions, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I had to take action and started researching non-stop. From my previous positive experience using neodymium magnets to reduce back and neck pain after a car accident, I had a “lightbulb moment” to incorporate neodymium magnets into a dilator set for pelvic pain to help decrease nerve pain. I used the magnetic dilators for two weeks and then had sex with my husband for the first time in months with less pain than normal. I was dumbfounded. Was this all I needed?
Due to my reduction in pain and positive feedback after speaking to doctors about my magnetic dilator treatment and pain reduction, I knew I had no option but to create a company dedicated to helping other women with pelvic pain.
With my personal pain issues resolved, I started working with my good friend and business partner Robert Smithson. We together founded VuVatech, a company dedicated to helping women who suffer from pelvic and vulvar pain. With the help of medical experts, we invented the VuVa Magnetic Dilator, a now patented dilator set that has proven to relieve pelvic pain and sexual discomfort and has improved the lives of women seeking sexual normalcy, for over 8 years.
The dilators are a non-surgical approach to helping millions of women suffering from multiple pelvic pain conditions and sexual discomfort. The dilator therapy can also be incorporated into treatment plans for other conditions including Vaginismus, Vulvar Vestibulitis, Dyspareunia, Menopause, Vaginal Stenosis and Vaginal Atrophy.
What happens when you use a VuVa Vaginal Dilator?
Soft tissue lengthens, relaxing muscles and ligaments. As the tissue relaxes, the Neodymium magnets increase blood flow to the painful area calming nerves. VuVa Dilators are the only patented dilators available with Neodymium magnets.
Magnetic Therapy is based on the premise that all living organisms exist in a magnetic field, including the human body. The human body generates its own magnetic field. Therefore, the body can heal itself when electromagnetic energy is in balance.
The “North Pole” of a Neodymium magnet is often referred to by medical researchers as the “healing side” of the magnet. The VuVa Vaginal Dilator set contains over sixty strategically positioned Neodymium magnets that allow this field of soothing energy to flow into the body.
Iron is a component of our blood content and every ion – or atom – contained in our cells carries oxygen and produces an electrical impulse. These two elements make up our bodies own electrical magnetic field.
This means when the negative north side of a magnet is placed next to a painful area, it draws fresh oxygenated blood to the nerves and surrounding muscles. This, in contrast, is a positive energy field. The positive energy field creates two results: as magnets are alkaline, it counteracts any acidity in the body caused by disease and fresh blood helps to remove any acidity from the body which, in turn, accelerates healing while reducing pain.
VuVa Vaginal Dilators vs. Placebo Dilators: A Double Blind Placebo Study Results
- Eighty percent (80%) of study subjects reported a decrease in overall pain after using the VuVa™ magnetic vaginal dilators.
- Subjects using the VuVa™ magnetic vaginal dilators experienced an average thirty percent (30%) decrease in pain levels on a standardized tampon test, which is a way to clinically measure pain associated with sexual intercourse.
- The cotton swab test evaluates eleven (11) different locations of the vulvar vestibule for pain. Eighty percent (80%) of the study subjects reported a decrease in the total number of locations after using the VuVa™ magnetic vaginal dilators.
- Subjects using the VuVa™ magnetic vaginal dilators experienced an average twenty eight percent (28%) decrease in pain levels using a standardized cotton swab test, which is a non-invasive measure of vaginal pain.
Today, sex life with my husband is great! If I use the dilator about ten minutes before we have sex, I can have close to pain free intercourse. During my research I have found Vulvodynia can disappear or become less painful. I used to feel broken and now I am hopeful and thankful I can have a satisfying sex life.
My overall message to women in pain: there is hope, there are answers, you do not have to suffer. I’m a perfect example.
Tara Langdale-Schmidt of Sarasota, Fl. was a pelvic pain sufferer and is the co-founder of VuVa Tech, a company that helps women with sexual therapy dilators.