Pessaries & Pregnancy
Pessaries are medical devices inserted into the vagina to aid in supporting the cervix, treat cervical incompetence and deliver medication. Commercially available pessaries are fixed sizes, making them often uncomfortable and ineffective. Pessaries are often used in conjunction with, or instead of cervical cerclage, an invasive procedure during which a stitch is placed in the cervix to secure closure until the end of the gestational period. Researchers have developed an inflatable pessary to aid in treatment of cervical incompetence. This device can adapt to any size and eliminates the need for sutures or cervical tape, reducing risk of cervical trauma.
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