Gynecologists clean pessaries that become difficult to remove and reinsert. Otherwise, pessary cleaning takes place at home on a schedule designed by both the doctor and the patient, according to WebMD.
A pessary is a non-surgical device inserted into the vagina to support drooping pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, rectum and vagina, as Brigham and Women's Hospital explains. The three most common pessary designs are the doughnut, the Gellhorn and the inflatable, according to WebMD.
After receiving the pessary, patients should follow up with a doctor's visit within two weeks. Then, patients usually go back to the doctor after three months before developing a schedule of checkups that occur two to three times a year, as Brigham and Women's Hospital explains.
Patients normally clean the pessary at home by washing the device with soapy water, rinsing and drying it daily, and they only reinsert the device the following morning, according to WebMD. A pessary worn longer than a day should never remain inside the vagina for longer than three months at a time, as Brigham and Women's Hospital warns.
Made from flexible material, pessaries fit snugly by design. However, it is not uncommon for them to fall out during bowel movements, advises Brigham and Women's Hospital. The patient should then clean it with soapy water before rinsing, soaking it in rubbing alcohol for 20 minutes and soaking it in water for 20 minutes. Then, they should follow up with the normal cleaning process.