This is the insertion of a small device, called a pessary, into the vagina. A pessary provides support for the uterus and bladder.
Pelvic organ prolapse is when a pelvic organ, such as uterus or bladder, slips out of place and drops into or out of the vagina. This can happen when the muscles that hold the pelvic organs get weak. A pessary is a small, removable device that is inserted into the vagina. It helps improve symptoms related to prolapse by providing support for the organs that have dropped down (prolapsed). There are many types of pessaries, but they break down into two categories.
There are also pessaries specifically made to treat urinary incontinence (loss of control over urination).
The insertion of a pessary may be uncomfortable, but it is generally not painful. Before fitting you for a pessary, your healthcare provider will review your medical history and do a pelvic exam. A urine analysis may also be done.
Some women can be fitted with a pessary on their first office visit. However, it is not uncommon for several pessaries to be tried before finding the best fit.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your treatment options. If you decide to have a pessary inserted, ask your healthcare provider the following questions.
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