INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
a.Fold your Ring Pessary in half like a “Taco Shell”
i.There will likely be two “notches” or “holes” on the sides, which will make it easier to fold in one direction than the other
ii.These “notches” or “holes” should be at the “ends” of the “Taco” (not the middle)
b.Wedge the middle of your now-folded Ring Pessary into the upside-down “U” side of the PessaryAssistant (See Picture)
c.Use one hand to hold the PessaryAssistant + now-folded Ring Pessary close to the vaginal opening
i.Place a small amount of lubrication on insertion end
d.Use your other hand (or smaller fingers of same hand) to push the now-folded Ring Pessary into the vagina
e.Use one finger to push the now-sprung-open Ring Pessary all the way inside
f.If you use a RingPessary “with support” (i.e., with inner diaphragm rather than wide open hole), try to orient one of the large “holes” so it is closest to the vaginal opening (See Picture Below). This will help in the future during removal.
a.Place one finger inside the vagina to locate the rim of your Ring Pessary, as well as one of the two larger holes in the diaphragm if you have one (See Picture at Right)
b.Use your inserted finger to guide the “hook” side of the PessaryAssistant inside the vagina (open-end of “hook” may be pointed up or down, depending on what feels more appropriate given your pessary’s resting position)
c.Manipulate the handle of the PessaryAssistant until you have hooked your RingPessary (upward or downward)
i.If using a RingPessary “with support”, the “hook” will go through one of the “holes” in the diaphragm (See Picture at Right)
d.Use the PessaryAssistant to pull out your Ring Pessary, while using your other hand to try to “fold” your Ring Pessary as it comes out
i.This will decrease the tenderness involved with passing it through the vaginal opening (especially if you have a larger-sized pessary)
III.TWO WAYS TO PURCHASE PESSARYASSISTANT:
a.Go to one of our websites:
i.pessaryassistant.com or pessarytool.com or pessaryhook.com
1.Click the BuyNow tab or button & follow the instructions
b.Go to Amazon.com:
Pessary Assistant Bio
In 2014 and 2015, after years of seeing some of his patients struggle with ring pessary placement and removal, Ob/Gyn Chris Radpour MD in Chattanooga, TN invented & patented the world’s first ever dual purpose medical tool to help with both. He named it the Pessary Assistant.
Invented with Patients, Gynecologists, Urologists, Physical Therapists, & Physiologists in mind, Pessary Assistant is designed to help with placement and removal of most types of ring pessaries (Ring pessaries with and without support, Incontinence pessaries, Knob pessaries, Oval pessaries, and other similar types). And because each one is injection-molded with expensive FDA-approved medical-grade plastic, you can be sure of safe contact with your skin.
Especially useful for patients with weak hand muscles or arthritis, the Pessary Assistant features two sides: 1) an upside down “U” shaped “Pessary Assist” side which holds a folded ring pessary in preparation for placement, and 2) a “c” shaped “Pessary Hook” side which helps retrieve a ring pessary from the vaginal canal.
Although a ring pessary can be left in place for weeks or even months, the ideal situation is to teach a patient to place it in the morning and remove it at night. Leaving a pessary out when a person sleeps allows “healing” or “rest” time for the vaginal walls, reducing the risk of erosions that might be caused by prolonged “rubbing” of the vaginal sidewalls or cervix by the pessary.
Use of ring pessaries for Pelvic Organ Prolapse has increased over the last decade. Pessary Assistant gives many patients the dexterity and confidence they need to place and remove their ring pessaries themselves, oftentimes sparing them the need for an extra doctor’s visit.