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How do vaginal support devices treat pelvic organ prolapse?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Vaginal support devices known as pessaries are sometimes used to treat severe pelvic organ prolapse where an organ is protruding into the vaginal canal. A pessary is a small, removable device that is inserted into the vagina to support the pelvic organ that is pressing through the vaginal wall. Pessaries come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and your doctor will work with you to find one that fits comfortably. Your doctor will show you how to insert and remove the pessary so you can take it out to clean it periodically. Keeping the pessary clean can help control the potential side effects of using a pessary, which include vaginal irritation and a foul-smelling discharge.

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