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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
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pessary

Gynecology A rounded 'donut' placed in the upper vagina as a nonsurgical means of providing support for a prolapsed uterus. See Uterine prolapse.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Pessary

A device inserted into the vagina to support sagging organs.
Mentioned in: Pelvic Relaxation
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We acknowledge our limited sample size, and the fact that our findings are applicable to ring pessaries only.
The number of pessary-related visits to the clinic was determined, as were the number of new pessaries used and those discarded.
Since pessaries were used as an alternative to surgical treatment, and are a physical therapy akin to surgical therapy, the Clavien-Dindo (19) complication severity grading system was used.
The ring with support and Gellhorn pessaries didn't produce different scores on either scale (POPDI, P=.99; POPIQ, P=.29).
Although many types of pessaries exist, they are commonly large thick-rimmed rings of uniform high density perpendicular to the plane of the vagina on MDCT imaging.
Available by prescription, pessaries are usually made of silicone and must be fitted by a healthcare professional.
In a study carried out in the United States, three women with a history of failed attempts at having children became pregnant after using specially formulated Viagra pessaries. Two have already delivered healthy babies.
Pessaries come in a variety of shapes and sizes to allow the doctor to find the most comfortable fit for the patient.
For women a new device, the urethral plug, is available to do the job that pessaries were once used but not designed for - i.e., compress the urethra; pessaries were of course designed for use with vaginal prolapse.
The volume not only contains a wealth of information about nineteenth' century reproduction products--condoms, douches, vaginal pessaries and sponges, spermicidal preparations, abortifacients, and early varieties of the diaphragm--and marketing networks, it also examines the cultural backlash that arose in response to the commercialization of reproductive technology.