Club pessaries are designed to provide relief of symptoms associated with severe uterine prolapse and vaginal hernias (enterocele).
The club pessary is placed inside the vagina to work as a supportive device. Under normal circumstances, the uterus stays securely positioned by connective tissue. If pelvic floor muscles and ligaments become weakened, the connective tissue may no longer be able to support the uterus resulting in it dropping down into the vaginal canal. When this occurs, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms as well as affect the rectum and bladder’s proper positions.
Uterine prolapse affects one out of every three women over the age of 45 in varying degrees. This disorder often affects women who are postmenopausal and have delivered one of more babies vaginally. Damage to the supportive tissue can occur during pregnancy or childbirth.
Supportive tissue may also weaken due to the effects of gravity, loss of estrogen and straining repeatedly. Vaginal hernias occur when the small intestine drops into the lower cavity of the pelvis resulting in it pushing on the top of the vagina causing a bulge. These hernias often affect women who have had a hysterectomy.
Severe uterine prolapse and vaginal hernias often cause uncomfortable symptoms. These include urinary problems such as urinary retention or leakage, lower back pain, difficult bowel movements, heavy sensation in the pelvis, feeling as if something is falling out of the vagina or when sitting, the feeling of sitting on a small round object. Sexual difficulties can also be experienced as tissue may protrude out of the vagina. With the use of a club pessary, the genital organ is kept in its proper position, eliminating the symptoms associated with these conditions.