A pessary is a contraceptive device that resembles a small white ring made of latex or medical silicone. Pessaries come in various sizes to meet the needs of all women.
The pessary is positioned inside the vagina so that it covers the cervix. Most often, the pessary is used alongside a spermicidal gel, which can further increase its efficiency and diminish the chances of unplanned pregnancy.
If positioned properly, the pessary cannot be felt and will interfere in no way with the sensations experienced during sex.
You can insert the pessary yourself or approach your gynecologist, if you are doing it for the first time or if you feel uncertain about the procedure. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions, which will help you insert the pessary yourself next time.
Keep in mind that a pessary cannot prevent the transmission of STDs. Use it only with a long-term partner or with a person who has been tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
These are the basics that you need to know, if you plan to insert the pessary on your own. Here’s a step by step guide that will teach you all the specifics of how to insert a pessary.
How to Insert a Pessary on Your Own
A pessary should be inserted no more than two hours before having sex. It can remain in the vagina up to 12 hours after an intercourse. Keeping it in for a longer period of time can cause infections and inflammations.
These are the basic steps of inserting a pessary.
Some pessaries have a little handle that facilitates their positioning. If you cannot deal with a regular doughnut-shaped pessary, purchase the one that has a little central handle.
Wash your hands carefully, before you get started. You do not want to introduce any bacteria in your vagina. The best bodily positions for the insertion of the pessary include lying on your back or sitting, while keeping one knee up on a chair.
Some pessaries have an applicator, which help them slide in the vagina effortlessly. Otherwise, use your fingers to hold the pessary and push it up inside your vagina. Make sure that your nails are trimmed, since you could otherwise hurt yourself.
If you want to increase its efficiency, apply a spermicidal gel on the pessary before putting it in.
You might be able to deal with the uncomfortable sensation that the pessary causes by applying a lubricant. The artificial lubricant will allow the pessary to slide effortlessly into position.
Slide it as far up as you can. You should feel comfortable. When you get up, you should be experiencing no uncomfortable sensations. If you sense the pessary inside you, you have probably failed pushing it all the way up.
Additional Tips and Suggestions
Removing the pessary is quite similar to putting it inside. Remember to wash your hands carefully with soap and water.
After sex, you can have a shower but refrain from taking a bath. The bathtub can diminish the efficiency of the pessary.
When you take the pessary out of your vagina, wash it carefully. Most pessaries can be reused for a period of up to two years, if you are taking proper care.