A pessary is a device commonly used as a nonsurgical treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. It may also help with stress urinary incontinence.
A pessary is made of soft, flexible, yet sturdy medical-grade silicone. It is inserted into the vagina to support the pelvic floor and help hold up pelvic organs, such as the vagina, cervix, uterus, bladder, urethra, and/or rectum.
Your doctor may recommend that you use a pessary prior to surgery for pelvic organ prolapse – or it could be suggested as a standalone method to support prolapsed organs, depending on the severity of the prolapse. A pessary may also be used when pelvic organ prolapse occurs during pregnancy.
Types of Pessaries
Pessaries come in all sizes and shapes – which is a good thing, because every vagina is different. Your OB-GYN provider can help ensure the pessary you’ve decided on fits and suits your needs. As long the pessary you’ve selected fits you, it can be used for years.
Your OB-GYN provider may recommend a specific type of pessary depending on the organ that is prolapsed. For example:
- If you are experiencing a prolapse of the uterus (a uterine prolapse), a ring pessary is commonly recommended. A doughnut or inflatable pessary may be other options.
- For a prolapse of the bladder (called a cystocele) or when it is the rectum that has fallen out of place (rectocele), a saddle-shaped pessary called a Gehrung pessary may be used.
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A pessary is an excellent treatment option for pelvic organ prolapse. It is safe and effective, and can be worn during pregnancy, before surgery, and as a standalone treatment for prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
The OB-GYN specialists at Women’s HealthFirst have the knowledge and experience that matters if you’re in need of a pessary fitting or other treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse. Getting the comprehensive women’s healthcare you need begins by calling Women’s HealthFirst in northwest suburban Chicago at (847) 808-8884. You can also request an appointment now.
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