You can take the questions /answers to your medical advisor
What if I suspect I have an infection?
If you think your pessary is causing infections. Try to find the root cause.
Some questions to ask yourself.
- Is the infection brought on a day after intercourse?
- What am I cleaning my pessary with?
- How am I drying my pessary?
- Where do I store my pessary when not in use?
- Do I wash my pessary before inserting it after being in storage?
- Do I use lubricant? What type? Is it in date?
- Is there a small, discharge with the infection?
- Does the infection occur after insertion of the pessary? How long after insertion and what are the symptoms.
- When was my last vaginal examination?
Your first pessary appointment
- What type and grade of prolapse do I have?
- Is surgery my only option?
- Can I try a pessary before thinking about surgery?
- Can you offer anything other than a ring or cube pessary?
- What is the size and brand of my pessary?
- What do I do if the pessary falls out or causes a lot of discomfort when I get home?
- Will you teach me how to insert and remove my pessary?
- How long can my pessary remain in my body?
- How do I clean my pessary?
- When do I need to come back for a check-up?
- What should I do if I see spotting of blood?
- Can I have intercourse with my pessary in situ?
- Can I wear a tampon with my pessary?
- Can I wear my pessary if I have my menstrual flow?
- Can I wear a pessary if I'm pregnant?
- What is the name of the surgical procedure?
- Why do I need surgery?
- How soon should surgery take place?
- What might happen if I delay or avoid the surgery?
- What results should I expect from the surgery?
- Are there any non-surgical options?
- Are there any less invasive surgery options?
- What is the next step if this surgery doesn’t work?
- How much does the surgery cost? How can I find out?
- How long will I have to stay after surgery?
- How will I feel after surgery?
- What kind of preparation is needed for surgery?
- How much pain is there after this type of surgery? How is it treated?
- How long will it take to recover from surgery?
- How is the surgery done (laparoscopy or open surgery)?
- What kind of anaesthesia will be used (general or local)?
- How long will the procedure take?
- How successful is this procedure?
- What are the risks associated with this surgery?
- How much experience does the surgeon have with this procedure?
- Has the procedure been done often in this hospital or surgery centre?
- What complications might develop (both immediate and long-term)?
- If a biopsy is being done, when can I expect to hear the results, and will my doctor call me?
- Questions to ask about what to expect when you get home
- What kind of care will I need at home?
- Are there any activity limitations?
- How soon can I eat a regular meal?
- How soon can I resume regular activities?
- How soon can I drive?
- What is the maximum weight I can lift?
- What symptoms should I watch for and report?
- Medication Information
- Allergies you should be aware of:
- The medication I take now:
- Previous reaction to medication/anaesthesia: