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A pessary is a ring-like device that is inserted into the vagina to lift and support the vagina and bladder. It can help decrease stress incontinence, the type of incontinence associated with coughing or exercise.
“Some vaginal devices have been designed to support the bladder neck, in the same way a tampon can work,” says Dr. Zimmern. “They require good local hygiene and sometimes the use of hormonal cream to avoid vaginal wall irritation.”
Pessaries can remain in place for about a week, and some women end up using the device indefinitely.
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