If you are a candidate for a pessary, you will find the following information useful.
A pessary is a vaginal prosthesis that has evolved over centuries to become an effective medical device to relieve the stress of a cystocele, a rectocele, a uterine or bladder prolapse, or the problems associated with urinary incontinence.


 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Use of products Manufactured by Bioteque America, Inc. 

Provide for relief  from the symptoms of : Genital Prolapse (Uterine Prolapse, Cystocele, and Rectocele). Specialized pessaries can also effectively relieve urinary incontinence.

A complete listing of our manufactured Prolapse  products can be found here.

A pessary is a vaginal prosthesis that has evolved over centuries to become an effective medical device to relieve the stress of a cystocele, a rectocele, a uterine or bladder prolapse, or the problems associated retroversion,procidentia along with urinary incontinence. Pessaries come in a variety of shape sizes, and materials. They are perfectly safe and comfortable for long term usage.

What is Genital Prolapse ?

Genital prolapse is a general term which includes several conditions, which may occur separately or in combination. These include uterine prolapse (dropped womb), vaginal prolapse, cystocele (dropped bladder), rectocele (dropped rectum), and enterocele (herniation of the small intestine into the space between the rectum and vagina).

A prolapsed uterus occurs when the uterus drops from its normal position. The cervix may also descend into the vaginal opening. The condition occurs in approximately 11% of women.

Causes of a prolapsed uterus

A prolapsed uterus may occur for several reasons including: 

Childbirth, especially with a large baby, can place pressure on the birth canal and damage the vaginal walls. 

Genetic

Constipation and obesity can place pressure on internal organs and cause a uterine prolapse. 

Fibroid tumors can be a contributing factor.

Menopause with its reduced estrogen levels can result in the ligaments holding the uterus in place to lose some of their elasticity and strength. 

Symptoms of a prolapsed uterus

Symptoms of a prolapsed uterus include a feeling of bulging, pelvic heaviness or fullness and/or low back pain. The symptoms usually get worse with activity and get better with bed rest. While standing, women with a prolapse may feel like something is falling out.   

Other symptoms include: 

Heaviness or pain in the vagina 
Incontinence or difficulty urinating 
Bladder infections 
Anal pain 
Excessive vaginal discharge 

Women affected by a Genital Prolapse

Genital prolapse is a condition that commonly affects older post-menopausal women. It also occurs in women during their childbearing years. 

What to do if you are experiencing symptoms

Mild cases of uterine prolapse are not usually treated with surgery. 

Kegel Exercises which are special exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles are helpful fotr mild prolapse, urinary stress incontinence, sexual function and pelvic discomfort.

Pessaries can be used to alleviate more severe symptoms. Pessaries are special prostheses of different shapes and sizes that are fitted into the vagina and can effectively support the prolapse. The pessary must be fitted according to the type and degree of prolapse. Specialized pessaries can also effectively relieve urinary incontinence.

Surgery is used to repair and reconstruct the weakened pelvic floor and restore normal function. It is indicated only when the prolapse is causing significant symptoms and when conservative non-surgical measures have failed.

Our medical pessaries are Manufactured to the Highest Standards and will help alleviate the  symptoms of Genital Prolapse. The righ pessary lifts and supports the vaginal area. This reduces the symptoms of prolapsed uterus including back pain, fullness and the "falling out" feeling. 

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should talk to your Gynecologist preferably a Uro-gynecologist. He or she will perform a pelvic exam to assess the condition. A variety of treatments are available, depending on the severity of the prolapse, your age and desire to have children. 

If you are a candidate for a pessary, you will find the following information useful.

A pessary is a vaginal prosthesis that has evolved over centuries to become an effective medical device to relieve the stress of a cystocele, a rectocele, a uterine or bladder prolapse, or the problems associated with urinary incontinence. Pessaries come in a variety of shape sizes, and materials. They are perfectly safe and comfortable for long term usage.


Commonly asked questions

  • Willl always have to use this pessary ?
    Not necessarily. Although pessaries are an alternative to surgery, your vaginal muscles may strengthen to the extent thaf your pessary is no longer required. Sometimes pessaries are only required for strenuous exercises like jogging or hiking. Certainly, if you are a candidate for surgery, your pessary is only temporary until corrective surgery can be performed.

  • Can a pessary hurt or become uncomfortable ?
    A properly fitted pessary will never cause pain or discomfort. You should be able to perform your normal daily activities without any difficulty.

  • How often should I remove my pessary ?
    It is recommended that you remove your pessary daily to clean it using a mild soap and water: However, if you have difficulty removing your pessary contact your healthcare provider and make an appointment for removal and cleaning. Do not be alarmed if your appointment date is weeks away. It is not unusual for pessaries to remain in place from 4 to 12 weeks.

  • What is my responsibility ?
    Your responsibility is to follow your healthcare provider's instructions, wear your pessary, and keep all follow-up appointments. If you should move, be sure to notify your healthcare provider.

  • Will my pessary set off the alarm at the airport 
    Absolutely not.

  • Can I have sex with my pessary in place ?
    You certainly can. If you need to remove your pessary, then do so.

  • Will my pessary prevent a pregnancy ?  
    No, it will not. A pessary is not a contraceptive device. If you are sexually active, wear a pessary and need to avoid pregnancy, then discuss this with your healthcare provider.

  • Can my pessary fallout
    Yes, it can. If your pessary is too small or you need adiflerent type of pessary, sometimes it will fan out. Whenever this happens, simply clean your pessary with a mild soap and water and reinsert it. If it is a persistent problem, then call your healthcare provider for an appointment. You may need a different size or type.

 

Daily Care and Helpful Hints

  • l can't remove my pessary, now what 
    If you want to remove your pessary but can't, don 't panic. Simply call your healthcare provider and schedule an appointment.

  • My pessary seems to have moved out of position and is uncomfortable.  Wash your hands, lie down and push the pessary up as far as you can. Don't worry,it can't get lost. It s impossible to push your pessary into your abdomen.

  • I see some discharge and bleeding. What do I do
    Sometimes pessaries can irritate body tissues causing a slight discharge or bleeding. Call your healthcare provider if it persists.

  • What do l do about daily bathing  ?
    Do not change your normal bathing routine because you are wearing a pessary.

  • Should I douche ?
    You do not need to douche unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider.




 

 

 

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