A pessary is a small silicone or plastic support that is inserted into your vagina. It helps to lift up the walls of your vagina and any prolapse of your womb (uterus).
Pessaries come in a number of sizes and shapes. You may need to try a few before you find one that is comfortable and provides the right support. It is left in place in your vagina. Pessaries don’t fix prolapses but they can reduce or lessen the symptoms of prolapse and help you live more comfortably.
Vaginal pessaries are easily inserted but must be inserted by a trained and experienced health professional – your GP or a gynaecologist (a doctor specialising in the female reproductive system). They need to be checked every 6–12 months, depending on the type. If you have pain or difficulty passing urine (peeing) after you have a vaginal pessary inserted, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible as the pessary may need to be changed for a different size.
If you have a pessary that is the right size and in the right position, you won’t be able to feel it and you’ll be able to do all your normal activities. It’s also okay to have sex with a pessary and your partner should not be able to feel it.
A pessary that is the wrong size can fall out but it cannot end up anywhere else in your body.