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A Hodge Pessary is designed to provide support to the prolapsed bladder in women suffering from cystocele (bladder prolapse). A Hodge pessary is available with or without a 'knob' - if you suffer from stress incontinence, this knob can be used to apply gentle pressure to the urethra to prevent leaks.
By using a pessary a woman has a really useful supporting tool for her Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and/or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) because a pessary can help to support the 'dropped' organs and give relief from the 'dragging' symptoms of prolapse.
Hodge Pessary Insertion
This diagram shows how to insert a Hodge Pessary.
While a pessary cannot cannot cure a prolapse, it can help you in two ways.
1. it can really help to deal with the everyday symptoms of prolapse. By wearing a pessary, many women have avoided painful prolapse surgery.
2. Clinical studies show that pessary use can help to strengthen the pelvic floor.1
Read more about how to use a vaginal pessary including the Hodge and Gellhorn Pessary and view the Pessary Comparison Chart at http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/blog/2013/01/15/pessary-use-in-pelvic-organ-prolapse-and-incontinence/
Kegel8 and Pessary Use
Both the Kegel8 and pessary can help with Kegel exercise. The Kegel8 Ultra features a programme for prolapse and this works 90% of the pelvic muscles, compared with 40% when performing normal Kegel exercises.
Kegel exercises with a pessary, vaginal weights, or other pelvic toner such as a Kegel8 will make your Kegels more effective in a shorter amount of time. The use of a pessary provides “resistance” which, as with any muscle training, makes it more effective faster. What happens is that when you wear a pessary during the day it causes you to perform pelvic floor exercises in an isotonic fashion, unconsciously (to keep the pessary in place). This is probably the mechanism by which using a vaginal pessary decreases the size of the genital hiatus ('sagging' or widening of the pelvic floor).
- Clinical studies show that after just 3 months of pessary use, genital hiatus size decreased significantly. Pessary use results in significant anatomic changes to the genital hiatus in patients with pelvic organ prolapse1.
1 Effect of Pessary Use on Genital Hiatus Measurements in Women With Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Jones, Keisha MD; Yang, Linda MD; Lowder, Jerry L. MD; Meyn, Leslie MS; Ellison, Rennique; Zyczynski, Halina M. MD; Moalli, Pamela MD, PhD; Lee, Ted MD