How to Insert a Pessary

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How to Insert a Pessary
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A pessary is used for gynaecological conditions that can include a prolapsed bladder and stress urinary incontinence. A pessary can be used to support your uterus. You'll need to be fitted for a pessary to remain in place securely. This will ensure that the device won't fall out when you're active.

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Things you need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Hand towel
  • Pessary
  • Vaginal lubricant

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  1. 1

    Clean your hands with soap and water. Dry your hands prior to inserting your pessary.

  2. 2

    Remove your pessary from the wrapper. Grip your pessary and fold it in half. Place a dime-sized amount of lubricant on the pessary.

  3. 3

    Relax and lay down on your bed, with your knees bent and legs spread apart. Insert your pessary, with the curved part facing your vagina. Place the pessary as far into your vaginal canal as possible.

  4. 4

    Use the applicator if it comes with your pessary. The pessary should be placed in the hole of the applicator. Release the plunger on the applicator to push the pessary into your vaginal canal.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're uncomfortable with inserting a pessary, your gynecologist can insert and clean the device for you on a monthly basis.
  • If your device keeps slipping out after placement, get fitted for a larger pessary.
  • Take out and clean your pessary as instructed by your gynecologist.
  • Notify your gynecologist if you experience uncomfortable sensations that include pinching, burning or irritation.
  • Not washing your hands before placing a pessary can introduce harmful bacteria, which can result in a uterine infection.
  • Don't use your pessary past its expiration date.
  • Tell your gynecologist if you have issues with urinating or bowel movements, as the device may have caused an obstruction.

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