Definition of pessary in English:


Line breaks: pes|sary
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛs(ə)ri

noun (plural pessaries)

  • 1A small soluble block that is inserted into the vagina to treat infection or as a contraceptive.
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    • In vivo the pessary demonstrated high contraceptive efficacy in rabbits of proven fertility.
    • Thrush is easily treated using pessaries (tablets that are inserted into the vagina), cream or tablets.
    • Medication for conditions like thrush, such as creams, pessaries or suppositories may also damage latex and prevent the condom working properly.
  • 1.1An elastic or rigid device that is inserted into the vagina to support the uterus.
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    • Stress incontinence can be treated with intravaginal support devices, pessaries, and urethral ‘plugs.’
    • For example, a Gellhorn pessary can offer excellent support for uterine prolapse as long as the perineal body is intact.
    • Occlusive devices, such as pessaries, can mimic the effects of a retropubic urethropexy.


late Middle English: from late Latin pessarium, based on Greek pessos 'oval stone' (used in board games).

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