A pessary is a silicone device that fits into the vagina to help reduce the symptoms of your prolapse and improve your quality of life.

Symptoms of a prolapse include:

  • backache
  • lower abdominal pain
  • the sensation of a bulge that can be seen or felt inside the vagina
  • a feeling of heaviness or dragging in the vagina or pelvis
  • the sensation that a tampon is falling out

Management strategies for prolapse include: optimising the pelvic floor muscles, strengthening the wider supporting muscles, reducing risk factors such as constipation and adapting movement strategies to reduce symptoms.


For some women, prolapse symptoms do not improve enough with these management strategies. These women may benefit from a pessary.