Side Effects of Pessaries

What are the side effects of a pessary?

Possible side effects of using this device are vaginal irritation or increased vaginal discharge, but because the pessary is removable, problems can usually be easily remedied.

Problems such as a prolapsed uterus and incontinence are often corrected with surgery. After a pessary is inserted, the patient receives care instructions which may involve periodic removal and cleaning or checkups to assess the patient's condition and to make sure that the device has not drifted.

Certain vaginal gels can help with these side effects. Cleaning your pessary more often may also help with foul-smelling odor. Women who are past menopause may need to use estrogen cream to help relieve the irritation.