Go see a really good gynecologist about your options. Are you using any vaginal pills and creams? You should be using those with the dilators. Also, they make ones that you keep in the refrigerator called "cool cones", it's supposed to feel better. Personally, I didn't use those, but I can tell you, the tightening will continue well after you stop radiation and not just from radiation, but being post menopausal (if you weren't before). My first gynecologist was just like "oh yeah, it will be tight, but use it more often". I was like WTF, it's horrendous pain and doesn't effing stretch...got into a fantastic gynecologist who listened and told me "you shouldn't have to live like this. It's great you're alive, but you can't live your life like this". I started crying my eyes out, she was so real, and understanding and told me, we'll find a solution, no matter how long it takes.
Kelly, mom 13 yo girl
Dx 11/15/12 Rectal Cancer @ age 40
5.5 weeks Xeloda & Radiation - complete 2/5/13
Colectomy 3/12/13, 7 of 14 nodes positive - no ileo
4/24/13-8/20/13 - 5 rounds Xelox, 1 Xeloda only
7/2015 Clear colonoscopy!
4/2018 Clear CT!