The Potential of Pessaries

Mentioning the word ‘pessary’ as a treatment option for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) usually brings about the inevitable ‘what’s a pessary?’ query. The use of pessaries to treat female POP dates back to before Hippocrates when honey, hot oil and fumes were used along with various sizes of pomegranates to stem organ descent. Today’s pessaries are more user friendly, made of non-reactive silicone and come in a range of types and sizes.  How few realise the rate of POP in childbearing women is 50% and maybe even higher as not all women seek help when symptoms appear.

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