Perineal Massage

  • Wash hands, and find a relaxing place to do the massage (bathroom, bedroom, where ever you are comfortable)
  • Sit in a comfortable position. (A warm bath or warm compresses on the perineum for 10 minutes before massage may help with relaxation.)
  • Put a water-soluble lubricant (KY Jelly, etc.) olive oil, vegetable oil or Vitamin E oil on thumbs and perineum.
  • Place thumb just inside of the vagina.
  • Press downward towards the rectum and to the sides at the same time until a very slight burning, stinging, or tingling sensation is felt
  • Hold the pressure for about 1 minute
  • Breathe deeply and slowly and try to consciously relax the muscles.
  • Keep pressing down with the thumb and slowly and gently massage back and forth over the sides of the vagina in a 'U' movement for 3 minutes.
  • Relax and repeat once.

Caution: Avoid pressure at the top of the vaginal opening. Massage gently as forceful massage could cause bruising or swelling. Do not massage if there is active vaginal infection or herpes lesions.

Warning: DO NOT USE PERINEAL MASSAGE IF YOU HAVE ACTIVE HERPES/THRUSH!

Note: This information is intended for educational purposes only. You should seek further advice and instruction from your chosen health care professional.

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