The symptoms of uterine prolapse usually include a feeling of pelvic bulging, heaviness or fullness, and/or lower back pain. These symptoms may worsen with activity and improve with bed rest. When standing, women with a prolapse actually feel as though something is falling out. Other symptoms may include vaginal pain or discharge, incontinence or difficulty urinating, bladder infections, or anal pain.
Pessaries are used to alleviate these symptoms. Not only do pessaries assist in restoring continence by stabilizing the bladder base, they can support the pelvic organs in their proper anatomic position in women who have a prolapse, cystocele, or rectocele. In women who are not interested in surgery or in women who are not good surgical candidates, pessaries offer a very viable treatment option.