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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.


What you need to know about a pessary:

A pessary is a small silicone device that fits in your vagina. A pessary helps support your bladder, uterus, vagina, or rectum. A pessary is used for urinary incontinence, or sagging of your organs into your vagina.

What will happen during pessary insertion:


What will happen after pessary insertion:

You may need to return in 1 to 2 days to have the pessary checked. You may have more vaginal discharge than is normal for you.

Risks of a pessary:

Your discharge may develop an odor. You may have bleeding from your vagina. Your vagina may become irritated from the pessary. You may develop sores in your vagina.

Call your doctor if:

Care for yourself at home:

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

You may need to return in 1 to 2 days to check the placement of the pessary. The size or shape may need to be changed to be comfortable. After that you may need to return every few weeks or months for a checkup. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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