When to replace a pessary?

Generally speaking, the replacement of a pessary may vary depending on several factors, such as the type of pessary, individual circumstances, and the advice of a healthcare professional. It's important to consult with a healthcare provider, who can assess your specific situation and provide personalized recommendations.

In general, the lifespan of a silicone vaginal pessary can range from several months to a few years. Factors that may influence the need for replacement include:

  1. Wear and tear: Over time, the silicone material may deteriorate, become damaged, or lose its elasticity, which could affect the pessary's effectiveness and comfort. Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider can help determine if the pessary needs to be replaced due to wear and tear.

  2. Changes in pelvic anatomy: The shape and position of your organs or the pelvic floor may change over time due to factors like pregnancy, childbirth, or pelvic organ prolapse. In such cases, your healthcare provider may need to adjust or replace the pessary to ensure optimal support and fit.

  3. Infection or discomfort: If you experience symptoms like pain, discomfort, or infection while using a silicone vaginal pessary, it's crucial to seek medical attention promptly. Your healthcare provider can assess the situation and determine if replacing the pessary is necessary.

It's important to follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding the maintenance and replacement of your specific pessary. They will provide guidance tailored to your situation and monitor your progress to ensure the pessary continues to meet your needs.

Please note that this is a general information and not a professional advice. In this blog, the word 'pessary' refers to 'Silicone Vaginal Pessaries'.