Pessary Removal

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Pessaries help women with prolapsed vaginas and uteruses.
Pessaries help women with prolapsed vaginas and uteruses. (Image: Keith Brofsky/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A pessary is a small plastic device that is inserted into the vagina to help support the organs such as the uterus, bladder and rectum. It is most commonly used in women with a prolapsed vagina or uterus. It is also used in women who suffer from stress incontinence, the leaking of urine when coughing or exercising. Since vaginas can vary in size, a pessary is often fitted by a doctor. When removing a pessary, great care must be taken.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before handling the pessary or the vaginal region.

Find the rim of the pessary, which will be located just under the pubic bone. Find the notch in the rim and hook your finger up and over it.

Tilt the pessary at a 30 degree angle with your finger. Pull it slowly out of the vagina by pulling down and out.

Fold the pessary as you pull it out as it makes for easier removal. Use your muscles as if you're having a bowel movement to help guide the pessary out.

Clean the pessary with soap and water thoroughly before putting it away.

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