Experiences with trial pessaries for prolapse

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Would be pleased to make contact with lladies who have used pessaries for prolapse

What type pessary did you have?

Did the  pessary help?

What were your symptoms prior to pessary use?

Any success stories



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    I had a milex ring pessary.  I had it for years and years.  Yes, it helped hugely.  It was taken out and a new one put in every 4 months or thereabouts.  The symptoms were a bulge at the vagina.  The downside was a discharge.  BUT I think this was worse because the person fitting it is supposed to wash off any powder that's on it before putting it in, and my GP didn't.  So it was aggravating and eventually causing abrasion against the cervix which caused bleeding, which actually was the best thing that could have happened because I got sent for a scan and they discovered thickening of the uterus which was the start of a uterine cancer.  Because of various ops before (fibroids etc.) the cervix had sealed closed so there would have been no signs!  The downside was that the GP, when she took over,  was giving me an overdose of estrogen in pessaries to use with it which probably caused the endometrial cancer (there are warnings all over the manufacturers site about the risk), so I'd never advise using estrogen along with the pessary ring, as many do.  There are alternatives.  I had an anterior repair which failed and also have a posterior prolapse and now the vaginal vault is prolapsing too, so am just hoping there MIGHT be the chance of going back to a ring or 'supported' ring pessary again!  But I was happy with mine overall and only had the repair done because I was having surgery for the hysterectomy because of the cancer.
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    Hi Sandra,

    I had the ring pessary which i had in for 4 months which did help a bit with constipation and stress incontinence. I eventually had to have a anterior and posterior op nearly four weeks ago now and so far all good.

    I can only say that the ring does not suit  everyone.I hope this helps in some way

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    Hi Sandra

    I had a shelf pessary fitted in July. It was comfortable. I could feel it when I needed a bowel movement after it went back in place and comfortable again. However the discharge and odour was something else. I was conscious of the odour. I went on holiday and a week after coming home it just fell out. I decided not to have it refitted when I went for my next app but now I think I am changing my mind, has anyone else use a shelf pessary that I can talk ton.



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