Pelvic Radiotherapy

Women who have undergone pelvic radiotherapy can suffer inflammation of the vaginal walls, resulting in an overall narrowing and shortening of the vagina. The vaginal walls may also become dry, and stick together causing adhesions to form. This condition is known as Vaginal Stenosis.

Once a course of radiotherapy has finished, a vaginal dilator is usually prescribed to help keep the vagina supple and to prevent scar tissue from forming. Regular sexual intercourse can also be used to keep the vagina healthy however, for those without regular partners using a vaginal dilator is often the best course of action.

For more information on pelvic radiotherapy and its after effects visit: –

http://www.cancerbackup.org.uk