Inserting a pessary

Illustration showing how to place a pessary

Pessaries come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They may be made of rubber, plastic, or silicone-based material.

A pessary is tucked into your vagina. Your pessary will be carefully fitted in your health professional's office. You may need to experiment with different kinds of pessaries to find one that holds your pelvic organs in position without causing discomfort.

Your health professional will teach you how to remove, clean, and reinsert the pessary on a regular schedule. The cleaning schedule is determined by the type of pelvic organ prolapse and the specific brand of pessary.

Last Updated: October 20, 2008

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & R. Hugh Gorwill, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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