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Vaginal Ring Pessaries for Prolapse and Incontinence
This entry was posted on 25/10/2012.
Vaginal Ring Pessaries are an effective and simple method of alleviating prolapse symptoms. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is at epidemic levels - it is estimated that 50% of all women will suffer some form of prolapse. The word prolapse relates to the falling out of place of pelvic organs - most of us don't have a clue what it is until it happens to us, by then it is too late. Years of ignoring the early signs such as 'laughter leaks' (stress incontinence), lack of intimate sensation and tampons falling out mean our pelvic floor is weak and our pelvic organs are falling out of position. The resulting symptoms of prolapse are urinary incontinence, pain, constipation, and discomfort.
Pelvic Floor Exercises are recommended to stop the prolapse getting worse, and to stop further organ prolapse so it's essential you remember to do your kegel exercises. Some women opt for surgery such as a TVT Operation to support the bladder after cystocele (bladder prolapse) and other may opt for hysterectomy if they have a uterine or womb prolapse.
What happens if you just don't want surgery, if you're pregnant or not suitable for surgical treatment? Vaginal Ring Pessaries are an increasingly popular choice as women look for alternatives to surgery. Maybe it's a back-lash to the adverse publicity surrounding TVT and operations with mesh and we are pleased that women are looking for alternative ways to handle their prolapse.
A recent study into prolapse found that if treatment with a vaginal pessary is successful at 4 weeks, most women will continue to use a pessary to treat their prolapse symptoms for over 5 years.
Our current Top 3 vaginal ring pessaries are:
- Contrelle Starter Pack - Ideal for beginners
- Contiform Vaginal Pessary - the starter pack will help you get the right size
- Milex Pessary Flexible Gellhorn for prolapse.