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Find out more about this helpful device that can relieve leaking and prolapse symptoms so that you can continue doing what you love.

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Pessary? What's that?

It’s a coin toss whether or not a person has heard of a pessary. So if you don’t know what it is, you’re not alone!

 

A pessary is a really helpful tool in the pelvic health world to support the female pelvic organs. It’s a simple device that’s inserted into the vagina, similar to how you use a tampon or menstrual cup. It stays there until you take it out, to support the position of the bladder, rectum, and/or uterus. It can relieve symptoms like pelvic pressure, heaviness, and urinary leaking. Some are over-the-counter (buy at your local pharmacy or drugstore), while others require a prescription by your doctor. A pessary can be used alone, or in conjunction with pelvic floor physical therapy and medical care to address bothersome symptoms. A pessary can be used as a long term or short term solution, worn continuously or as needed. Pessaries require minimal upkeep (regular cleaning) to avoid infection. Overall, they are a low risk treatment option, and can be used to avoid surgery for incontinence, and to aid in pelvic floor rehab for incontinence and prolapse. About half of women who are successfully fitted with a pessary continue to use it long-term.

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So what does this thing look like?

 

Let us introduce you to Pippa. Liv Labs, Inc. is developing a simple device that is worn inside the vagina to stop pee leaks. It is a soft flexible insert made of medical grade silicone, and specially designed to support the pelvic organs with the goal of improving continence.

 

In some cases, a custom fitted pessary will be best. This can be prescribed by your gynecologist, urogynecologist, or OB-Gyn. Here is what those look like!

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