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Unread 11-25-2005, 10:48 PM
Worried about Smelly Pessary

I don't often post on this message board and I really should because all of you girls know exactly what I've been going through with cystoceles and rectoceles. I was fitted for a pessary this week. I have used it on two other occasions for a short time and it was taken out and cleaned weekly. This time my Gyn told me it needed to be cleaned once every 3 months. I Googled pessaries and logged on to a site and read a discussion between Gyn's about when they remove and clean pessaries. One of the gyn's said that he has 4 or 5 women with pessaries and he removes them every 3 months and when he does he has to close off the exam room after because the smell is so horrible. I am besides myself with anxiety about this. I had to work the day of my exam and was going to the Dr's directly from my office. I brought clean socks, underwear, soap and a washcloth to work just to freshen up before my appointment because I was so worried that my feet would smell or my nether regions wouldn't smell clean. I can not even imagine how I will deal with having this pessary cleaned in 3 months. I will be mortally embarrassed if it is as bad as that Gyn made it out to be. I want to talk to my Gyn and see if he will clean it monthly instead. Have any of you had personal experience with using a pessary long term? Is there odor when it is changed? Can you do anything to prevent the odor, like douching or anything else? Please help before I drive myself insane sniffing myself!!
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Unread 11-26-2005, 03:37 PM
Worried about Smelly Pessary

Hi Michelle,
I used a pessary for a uterine prolapse, cystocele and rectocele for over a year and originally had it removed and cleaned every few months. I never noticed a smell, but it didn't come out 'clean' if you know what I mean. I was happier when I had asked him to teach me how to remove and reinsert it myself. I then cleaned it very regularly.

Unread 11-28-2005, 09:23 AM
Worried about Smelly Pessary

Gross - I don't blame you on worrying about that - I would end up with at yeast infection leaving it in that long - I get them without lol.
Let us know if it works though and ask if they can remove it more often - can you have sex with it in? I know TMI - PM me if you don't want to post it. Good Luck.
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Unread 11-28-2005, 07:24 PM
Worried about Smelly Pessary

Hey Bowlinggrl! So nice to hear from you. I know what you mean about yeast infections, I had to call the Gyn today because I started with a horriffic vaginal itch 3 days after the pessary was inserted. He says it's pretty common to get yeast infections with a pessary so he gave me 3 refills of Diflucan. I had such a bad experience with the pessary the first time years ago with it nearly falling out all the time, that I can't believe how great I am feeling right now. The first one he put in seemed ok in the office but by early evening I had so much rectal pain and right sided abdominal pain I was nearly in tears and had to use Percocet just to relieve some of the pain. The next day I went back and was fitted for a smaller one and I can't even tell that it's there. It has relieved so much of the pressure my whole bottom feels lighter!! DH and I have had sex with it in and he says he can feel it and it actually feels pretty good, LOL.
I talked to the Dr about the conversation I read about the Gyn's and the odor from the pessary and told him I would be mortified even if I do feel very comfortable with him. He laughed and said I could come in monthly for a cleaning. Gotta love that man!!
It's so good to hear from you, thanks for always being there for me. 's
Unread 11-29-2005, 01:28 AM
Worried about Smelly Pessary

Glad you've got it sorted,hope my post helped.
Unread 11-29-2005, 09:04 AM
Worried about Smelly Pessary

Hey Michelle,
Wow that is such good news that it is helping - According to my doctor if it didn't help - surgery wouldn't help either - so that is great news for you - there is going to be an end to this! Yeah.
I have just barely finished a 3 week battle with a yeast infection - now in addition to cutting out caffeine (chocolate) for my bladder - they want me to cut out sugar - I might as well shoot myself now - somehow I could accept it if my blood sugar was high - no it's just fine - I'm trying it - I hate yeast infections. Keep us posted as to how your 'follow-up' goes.
Unread 11-29-2005, 08:55 PM
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Bowlinggrl, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable but you've got me stumped. What is the relationship between sugar and yeast infections. I know that diabetics are more prone to yeast infections but can't figure out how cutting out sugar in a non diabetic person can help.
Unread 11-30-2005, 06:55 AM
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I don't know - the doctor just said I should cut out sugar because I keep getting yeast infections - I personally think I keep getting them because there is no air getting in there because of the prolapses - but I will try anything at this point. I try not to splint - that could be a problem - I have nixed the oral sex thing - that seems to lead to problems. I think I have had 6 yeast infections since surgery and they don't seems to be related to my hormones (you know one a month) - seems to my DH like I always have an excuse - but I really do. I am starting my test(s) for more surgery on the 12th so here I go again - Hope I don't have another yeast infection by then - lol.
Unread 11-30-2005, 04:19 PM
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Bowlinggrl, one of the nurses I work with used to work in a Gyn office. I was telling her that the diflucan I took 3 days ago for a yeast infection doesn't seem to be working. She suggested I dip a tampon in plain yogurt (the kind with live cultures) and put it in the fridge for awhile. Then put the tampon in and use a pad, before I go to bed. She said it really helps so I'm going to give it a try. Sounds very strange but it's natural and if it works it only cost 69 cents!! I'll let you know how it works. Maybe that will help the smell when I go in for a pessary cleaning, and I'll smell more like breakfast and not like fish!!
Unread 12-01-2005, 06:51 AM
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That is too funny the yogurt thing. I usually get a prescription for Terazol 7 instead of Diflucan (sometimes I use both) I tend to get the yeast everywhere. I cut out dryer sheets, only use cotton underware, non scented soap, wearing loose fitting clothing - nothing seems to help. I've even thrown away all my underware and tried all new - nope. Let me know about the tampon thing - that is interesting - lol. I've had a gyn prescribe diflucan and then another 5 days later to make sure it worked. Good Luck.

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