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75% Improvement In POP, SUI After Using Vaginal Pessary, Study Shows

Patients are now being encouraged to seek other forms of treatments as more women have come forward to air their complaints on the injuries they endured as result of using the vaginal mesh. With these devices still available in the market, women are cautioned before deciding on vaginal mesh surgery.

 

For women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), there a number of methods they can choose from which may be simple, inexpensive and without possibilities of developing serious complications. Examples of these are bladder training, life style changes, pelvic floor exercises and medications. One treatment option which has been gaining wide acceptance and proven safe and effective is the vaginal pessary.

 

 

A vaginal pessary is a removable device which may be made of plastic, rubber, or silicone-based material that is fitted into the vagina to support the pelvic organs. The vaginal pessary is used for the management of urinary incontinence and as a form of treatment for prolapse of the uterus, bladder, vagina, and rectum. On a regular basis, these devices must be removed and replaced by another. While some patients may be allowed to do the replacement of these devices, it is usually the doctor who conducts the procedure.

 

While POP and SUI are not entirely cured by vaginal pessaries, these devices help in the management of these conditions and in keeping them from worsening. When a pessary is inserted, the muscles and tissues in the pelvic area become tight due to the support extended to the vaginal wall. When a pessary is successfully inserted, a woman may resume her day to day activities and she may even engage in sexual contact. If a patient feels that the device is not working and causing discomfort, she may have it removed anytime.

 

Caution must be observed in the use of the vaginal pessary even if this device may be applicable to all women. It would not be advisable to have someone fitted with a pessary is she has an active vaginal infection, vaginal erosion or ulceration and severe vaginal atrophy. Failure to comply with hygiene and maintenance requirements may make a patient unsuitable for a pessary insertion. Under these circumstances, the device may not be as effective and may even result to complications.

 

Based on different studies conducted recently, a 75 percent improvement in the POP and SUI symptoms were experienced by women using vaginal pessaries. While some side effects have been reported, these were isolated and may be remedied by having the proper pessary, following hygienic measures, or applying approved medications.

 

 

Reference:

webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/vaginal-pessaries

summitmedicalgroup.com/library/adult_health/wha_vaginal_pessary/

thewomens.org.au/vaginalpessaryforprolapse

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