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.
A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist is required to take extra training to be able to fit pessaries. Once fitted for your Pessary, you can return to your regular Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and use it during 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.