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pessary

 [pes´ah-re]
1. an instrument placed in the vagina to support the uterus or rectum or as a contraceptive device.
2. a medicated vaginal suppository.

pes·sa·ry

(pes'ă-rē),
1. An appliance of varied form, introduced into the vagina to support the uterus or to correct any displacement.
2. A medicated vaginal suppository.
[L. pessarium, fr. G. pessos, an oval stone used in certain games]

pessary

/pes·sa·ry/ (pes´ah-re)
1. an instrument placed in the vagina to support the uterus or rectum or as a contraceptive device.
2. a medicated vaginal suppository.

pessary

(pĕs′ə-rē)
n. pl. pessa·ries
1. Any of various devices worn in the vagina to support or correct the position of the uterus or rectum.
2. A contraceptive diaphragm.
3. A medicated vaginal suppository.

pessary

[pes′ərē]
Etymology: Gk, pessos, oval stone
a device inserted in the vagina to treat uterine prolapse, uterine retroversion, or cervical incompetence. It is used in the treatment of women whose advanced age or poor general condition precludes surgical repair. Pessaries are also used in younger women in evaluating symptomatic uterine retroversion and in managing cervical incompetence in pregnancy. A pessary must be removed, usually daily, for cleaning. A Smith-Hodge pessary is a rubber- or vinyl-covered wire rectangle that fits between the pubic bone and the posterior vaginal fornix, supporting the uterus and holding the cervix in a posterior position. A Gellhorn pessary is an inflexible device made of acrylic resin or plastic (Lucite) in the form of a large collar button. It has a canal through the stem that allows drainage of vaginal secretions. The large end of the pessary is placed deep in the vagina, the small end of the stem protruding at the introitus. A doughnut pessary is a permanently inflated flexible rubber doughnut that is inserted to support the uterus by blocking the canal of the vagina. An inflatable pessary is a collapsible rubber doughnut to which a flexible stem containing a rubber valve is attached. The collapsed pessary is inserted, inflated with a bulb similar to that of a sphygmomanometer, and deflated for removal. A bee cell pessary is a soft rubber cube. In each face of the cube is a conical depression that acts as a suction cup when the pessary is in the vagina. A diaphragm pessary is a contraceptive diaphragm used for uterovaginal support. A similar device of somewhat heavier construction is sometimes used. A stem pessary is a slim curved rod that can be fitted into the cervical canal for uterine positioning. It is rarely used today.
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Doughnut pessary to correct uterine prolapse

pessary

Gynecology A rounded 'donut' placed in the upper vagina as a nonsurgical means of providing support for a prolapsed uterus. See Uterine prolapse.

pes·sa·ry

(pes'ă-rē)
1. An appliance of varied form, introduced into the vagina to support the uterus or to correct any displacement.
2. A medicated vaginal suppository.
[L. pessarium, fr. G. pessos, an oval stone used in certain games]

pessary

1. A device, often ring-shaped, that is placed in the vagina to support the womb or other pelvic organs.
2. A vehicle for medication that is placed in the vagina. Medicated pessaries are often made of cocoa butter which melts under body heat. They contain drugs to treat vaginal disorders, such as thrush (CANDIDIASIS) or TRICHOMONIASIS, or spermicides for contraceptive purposes.

Pessary

A device inserted into the vagina to support sagging organs.
Mentioned in: Pelvic Relaxation

pessary

1. an instrument placed in the vagina to support the uterus or rectum or as a contraceptive device.
2. a medicated vaginal suppository.
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Patients who opted for vaginal pessary insertion were older (p=0.
Effectiveness of a new self-positioning pessary for the management of urinary incontinence in women.
Four years later, our patient continues to wear the pessary but has chronic renal failure.
11) In the simple radiography pessary usually presents as a rounded structure, with donut shaped with soft tissue density and a thin halo of air density on its inner margin.
A total of 126 women (61%) in the surgery cohort and 22 (67%) in the pessary group said they were sexually active--not a significant difference.
She first visited the practice in December 1999, requesting that the ring pessary that had been inserted some years before be checked.
Contraindication to pessary use could include active infection of the pelvis or vagina, vaginitis or pelvic inflammatory disease.
Nor will I give a woman a pessary to procure abortion.
This comes either as a cream, which can be used by men or women on the affected areas, or as a pessary, to be inserted into the vagina.
In either case, pelvic floor muscles, the use of a pessary, or surgery can be used to correct the problem.
Attorneys for Wade claimed that since the Oath of Hippocrates prohibits "providing a pessary to a woman for the purpose of abortion," abortion is unethical.