Pessaries for infections

Pessaries for infections

What are vaginal pessaries?

Vaginal pessaries or pessaries for infections are oval-shaped solid preparations containing medicine that are inserted in the vagina. Once inserted they gradually release the active substance.

Why are they used?

Pessaries for infections are very useful in certain cases. In fact they are the most effective option to treat microorganisms that generate vaginal problems.

Through this treatment it is possible to:

  • Regulate the flow
  • Normalize the colour and appearance of vaginal fluids
  • Eliminate all the discomfort and symptoms caused by Candida.

It is a type of treatment available to manage vaginal infections caused by fungi and bacteria. Some vaginal pessaries can strengthen the natural pH. They are especially useful for eliminating the harmful effects caused by intimate hygiene products.

It is important to mention that the vagina is a cavity in which different types of microorganisms coexist naturally. They have a specific function to maintain the acidic pH of the environment required to prevent the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria. These microorganisms are mostly bacteria of the lactobacilli genus.

Pessaries for infections

How are vaginal pessaries inserted?

Inserting a pessary is like inserting a very simple tampon. However, we do advise you to relax so that everything flows naturally.

  1. The most important thing is to ensure good hygiene, so first of all you should wash your hands.
  2. Remove the pessary from its packaging. Some vaginal pessaries come with an applicator, making it easier to insert into the vagina.
  3. Position yourself just like you would if you were inserting a tampon, sitting or with your legs bent.
  4. Gently insert the pessary into the vagina. If you have used the pessary with an applicator, remember that you have to press it for the vaginal pessary to come out of the applicator. Then remove it.
  5. The active substance of the pessary is formed by a vegetable oil. When it touches your intimate area, it may form a small white stain. This is nothing to worry about, just wear a panty liner when inserting the pessary.

Remember that if you have reached the point of inserting a vaginal pessary it is always because your gynaecologist has advised it as the best option for you.

When should pessaries be used for infections?

Bacterial vaginosis

It is a common type of bacterial infection and occurs when certain bacteria abnormally colonize the vagina. These are usually Gardnerella vaginalis, Mobiluncus, Mycoplasma or Bacteroides.

Their most common symptoms are an unpleasant and particularly strong odour in the vaginal discharge as well as itching or irritation when urinating.

Candidiasis

Its origin is the fungus Candida Albicans and it is found in most women although it only appears in certain circumstances.

This is one of the most common STDs and it can occur when there are significant changes in the vagina’s pH levels, an imbalance in the level of acidity or a drop in defences. Its main symptoms are redness of the external vaginal tissues, swelling, irritation as well as the presence of a white or yellowish vaginal discharge.

Trichomonas vaginitis

Trichomonas vaginalis is a protozoan-like parasite that causes this sexually transmitted disease, which occurs when there is direct genital contact.

As with other vaginal infections, trichomonas vaginitis causes discomfort when urinating and can cause visible inflammation in the vulva. In addition, it can affect both men and women.

Its symptoms do not usually appear in the first stages of the infection but it requires treatment with vaginal pessaries, antibiotics to eliminate greenish secretions and itching.

It is important to mention that the vagina is a cavity in which different types of micro-organisms coexist naturally that have a specific function to maintain the acidic pH of the environment required to prevent the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria. These microorganisms are mostly bacteria of the lactobacilli genus.