pessaries

WHAT ARE PESSARIES?

Pessaries are medical-grade silicone devices that help to support the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum and bladder neck). They can help relieve symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (heaviness, pressure, falling out sensations) or stress urinary incontinence (leaking with activity). This can be a simple, conservative way to greatly increase your comfort and quality of life if you have concerning symptoms. Some people wear their pessaries every day, others only wear them during certain exercises that are bothersome to them.

Jenny, our Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, has taken extra training to be able to provide this specialized service to fit pessaries. She currently fits with ring with support, Gelhorn, cube and dish styles. You can use a pessary while you are working with Pelvic Health Physiotherapy treatment or exercises. Pessaries have been called ‘the sports bra for the organs’ – they are truly meant to improve your comfort so that you can do the activities that you love.

APPOINTMENTS

Your Pessary fitting appointment is booked for 90-minutes. This is to allow ample time to get your full history and to try as many pessary sizes and types as needed to in order to find a good fit for you. Jenny will take the time to ensure that your pessary resolves your symptoms and feels comfortable in lying, sitting, with walking, lifting and using the bathroom. She will also go through how to insert and remove your pessary together so you know what to do yourself at home.

Jenny is also happy to answer any questions from fellow therapists or clients by email at jenny@defysportsperformance.com.

A woman pressing dumbbells on an exercise ball doing physiotherapy.

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