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Understanding the use of pessaries for pelvic prolapse

istock 1132926228 Women who have been diagnosed by a medical professional with a condition called pelvic organ prolapse, they are often interested in learning about the treatments available. At Woodlands OBGYN Associates of The Woodlands, TX, women can seek treatment using a pessary. This is one of the most popular options for addressing pelvic organ prolapse and continues to be a simple and effective solution for most women. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding treatment of pelvic prolapse with a pessary.

What is a pessary?

The team at Woodlands OBGYN Associates describes the pessary as a specialized device used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. It is worn in the vaginal canal to support the pelvic organs when prolapse occurs, keeping them where they need to be while remaining comfortable and reliable.

How does the pessary work?

The pessary provides support against the walls of the vagina to hold pelvic organs in place and keep them from coming through the vaginal canal. They may be used and replaced daily by patients at home, or made to last longer and be replaced only by a doctor. The pessary is often beneficial for patients who are not done having children or for those that may not need surgical interventions at the time. In some instances, it is used by women who are pregnant to help reduce the risk of uterine prolapse during this time.

Who is a good candidate for a pessary?

During an evaluation with our team, we can determine when a woman is a good fit for this method of treatment. For some women, surgery is not an ideal choice, but a pessary can protect against prolapse in a more short-term manner. Discussing options for treatment is the first step in deciding if the use of a pessary is beneficial for an individual.

Discuss your options for pelvic prolapse treatment

If you have been diagnosed with pelvic prolapse and are interested in learning more about the advantages of using a pessary, now is the time to connect with Drs. Kellyn Rielly, Holly Westmoreland, Raj Syal, and Jenna Everson at Woodlands OBGYN Associates to find out if you are a viable candidate for this solution. We welcome new and existing patients to call our main office at (281) 364-9898 to request an appointment at our facility at 17183 I-45 #610.

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