• Catherine I. Keating


A pessary is a device that allows for nonsurgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and/or stress urinary incontinence. One of the oldest known medical devices, the pessary dates back to Hippocrates’ pessary design: a pomegranate soaked in vinegar. Other historical pessaries include other fruits, items of bronze, cotton wool, linen, wax-coated cork and wood, and rubber [1]. Today, the pessary is made of latex or silicone in many different styles. There are two main types of pessaries: space filling and support.


Stress Urinary Incontinence Pelvic Organ Prolapse Bacterial Vaginosis Stress Incontinence Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification 
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  1. Trimo-San vaginal cream or gel – Milex products, available over the counter.Google Scholar
  2. Milex pessary fitting kit (Cooper Surgical, Trumbull, CT) 1-800-243-2974; http:\\www.coopersurgical.comor pessary fitting kit from Mentor Corp 1-800-525-0245 http:\\ or Monarch Medical Products 1-866-241-1625, http:\\

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family Health Network of Central New YorkCortlandUSA

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