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What is a ring pessary?

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A pessary is a soft, flexible device placed in the vagina to support the bladder, vagina, uterus or rectum to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. Pessaries are made in many different shapes and sizes, including a ring shape, according to Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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Pessaries are made of rubber, plastic or a silicone-based material. They must be fitted carefully by a woman's doctor. Pessaries are used to treat other gynecologic conditions, such as a uterus that is in the wrong position, according to WebMD. Doctors generally offer pessaries as a first option for women with POP who desire nonsurgical treatment, future pregnancy, have early-stage prolapse or are too frail for surgery, according to U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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