Atrophic vaginitis is experienced by around 50% of postmenopausal women with a host of symptoms including vaginal dryness and irritation, burning and itching. Declining oestrogen levels affect vaginal flora allowing bacteria to proliferate, causing a vaginal discharge. Lower oestrogen levels are related to increased urinary tract infections as the walls of the urethra and bladder become thinner.
A vaginal pessary is a medical grade plastic ring shaped device that is inserted high up vaginally to support the uterus, vagina, bladder and bowel. It provides effective non-surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). When properly fitted the pessary can simulate the result of surgical correction of prolapse.
Clinical lack of awareness about urethral diverticulum has lead to this relatively common condition remaining under-diagnosed in women with chronic genitourinary conditions. Women with recurrent infections, retro pubic pressure, urethral pain, delayed voiding, frequency urgency, post-void dribbling and painful sex (without vaginal infection) are often given the blanket diagnosis of 'urethral syndrome'.
- Painful pelvic floor muscles & common gynae conditions
- Can pelvic floor muscles be too tight to give birth?
- Natural Solutions: UTI, Bladder Pain & Vaginal Infections
- What's going to happen to my pelvic floor next time I give birth?
- Benefits of pelvic floor muscle training
- The Potential of Pessaries
- Great Pessary Workshop
- Prolapse and Pelvic Floor Muscles
- What is a 'relaxed vaginal outlet'?
- Prolapse Prevention begins early