Navigating women’s health concerns often involves exploring various treatment options. Alisa Studley, PA-C from Women’s Health Specialists of Advantia in Rockville, MD, sheds light on the use and applications of pessaries – a key tool in addressing conditions such as urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse. Here’s an overview of what pessaries are and their potential benefits.

What are Pessaries?

Pessaries are removable devices inserted into the vagina to provide support for pelvic organ prolapse or help manage urinary incontinence. They come in different shapes and sizes, tailored to individual needs and conditions.

Applications of Pessaries

1. Vaginal Prolapse

Pessaries serve as a non-surgical option for managing vaginal prolapse, offering support to the pelvic organs when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened or damaged. They aid in alleviating symptoms and improving the quality of life for affected individuals.

2. Urinary Incontinence

For those dealing with urinary incontinence, pessaries can provide support to the bladder neck and urethra, helping to manage and reduce leakage.

Different Types

There are various types of pessaries available, including ring, cube, Gellhorn, and donut-shaped pessaries. Each type is designed to suit different conditions and considerations, ensuring a personalized approach to treatment.

Here’s a glimpse of the different types:

  • Ring Pessary: Often used for mild to moderate prolapse, this circular pessary provides support to prevent the descent of pelvic organs.

  • Cube Pessary: Suitable for cases of cystocele or rectocele, this type aims to provide elevation and support.

  • Gellhorn Pessary: Ideal for advanced prolapse, this elongated pessary is designed to accommodate varying degrees of prolapse.

  • Donut Pessary: Shaped like a donut, this pessary is used for severe prolapse, providing greater support and stability.

Considering Your Options

When contemplating pessary use, it’s important to seek guidance from a healthcare provider experienced in the management of pelvic floor disorders. They can conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most suitable type of pessary that aligns with your condition and individual needs.

Trusted Expertise in Women’s Health

At Advantia Health, our providers are dedicated to addressing a wide range of women’s health concerns. From questions about pregnancy, menopause, gynecological issues, to the effective management of conditions like vaginal prolapse and urinary incontinence, we are here to offer the support and care you need.

Book an Appointment

To learn more about pessaries and their potential benefits or to schedule an appointment with Alisa Studley, PA-C, please visit our website or use the button below to find a provider closest to you. Our compassionate team is ready to provide the guidance and support necessary to navigate your women’s health journey with confidence and expertise.

By offering comprehensive information and professional care, Alisa Studley and our entire team at Advantia Health are committed to providing the assurance and support you need for your well-being and pelvic health.


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