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Pessary - What Is a Pessary?

A Treatment Option for Women with Stress Incontinence.

A pessary is a small device placed in the vagina, which may help in correcting the position of the bladder and preventing leakage of urine, which occurs in people with stress incontinence.

Stress incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence wherein the person leaks urine during actions such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, during an exercise or lifting heavy weights. Such actions or activities may put pressure on the bladder, thus, causing leakage of urine.
Illustration of ring pessary, cube pessary, and introl pessary
Pessaries come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Your health care provider can fit you with the best shape and size of pessary. Your doctor or nurse will also teach you how to care for it.

The pessary should be regularly removed to avoid possible complications such as infections or ulcers. Also, women using pessaries should see their doctor regularly.

Note: Your doctor can provide you with more information about pessaries and other treatment options for urinary incontinence.

Related Topic:
Urinary Incontinence: Bladder Control Problems
References:
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (October 2007). Urinary Incontinence in Women (NIH Publication No. 08-4132). National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Web URL: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/uiwomen/. Accessed: November 20, 2008

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (August 2007). What I need to know about Bladder Control for Women (NIH Publication No. 07-4195). National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Web URL: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/Kudiseases/pubs/bcw_ez/index.htm. Accessed: November 20, 2008

Image Credit: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)


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