Vaginal prolapse occurs when the elasticity of the walls of the vagina weakens. The uterus may fall into the vagina and even protrude from the vaginal opening. Symptoms include an ache in the pelvis or vaginal discomfort.
Sometimes prolapse can occur without any symptoms. Surgery may be necessary to correct the condition, however when surgery is not appropriate due to illness or other conditions, or is not the preference of the patient, vaginal pessaries can be used to treat vaginal prolapse.
When choosing a pessary ring for prolapse, a thick or thin ring pessary is suggested. However, a shelf pessary may be necessary if the vaginal opening is enlarged, as a ring may slip out. If you have vaginal prolapse, your gynecologist may fit you for a vaginal pessary. For hygienic purposes, your pessary ring for prolapse should be replaced every three to four months. A pessary ring can be inserted by the patient, with no doctor's visit necessary.