Brynn contacted me through Facebook. After her second child was born, she said her bladder fell down (cystocele) and she had been fitted with a pessary some six months prior but the doctor never said anything about servicing her pessary. She was concerned because she had always lifted weights to increase her muscle tone and keep her weight down and she wondered if she could go back to weightlifting now that she had a pessary to deal with some of her “baby weight.” She has been celibate since as well because no instructions were given about that either. Neither she nor her boyfriend were happy with strictly cuddling, kissing and fondling. But she was afraid to have sex with a pessary in place. And lastly, she was experiencing vaginal dryness and irrigation.

A pessary is a small medical grade silicone device that is inserted into the vagina to support a uterus or bladder that has fallen out of place. This can happen to a woman during pregnancy, postpartum, at peri-menopause and post menopause. It is important that a woman use a personal lubricant/moisturizer with her pessary and I often recommend Gynatrof a hormone-free gel that easily absorbed in the vaginal tissues.

For the most part, women with pessaries in can continue to engage in penetrative sex as the vagina is dynamic. The Gynatrof will help to restore moisture to the vaginal tissues and aid in elasticity preventing painful sex. I also told Brynn that she could remove the pessary for sex. The choice was hers. She was delighted to learn this and was not nearly as anxious. I love the fact that Gynatrof is also a perfect lubricant for intimate moments especially if there is any pain upon penetration.

A pessary should be removed, cleaned and reinserted by a woman every two weeks. The pessary should be rinsed off, washed with a mild liquid detergent dried and reinserted by squeezing it and inserting until it is in the right position. The nice thing about Gynatrof is that it can be used as a lubricant to reinsert the pessary in addition to during sex because it is also a lubricant.

If a woman is not able to service her own pessary due to hand function issues or she is not comfortable, that is no problem, her doctor or another health care professional will clean it and check your tissues every three months. Women who are servicing their own pessary should see their doctor for any bleeding or pain and have their vaginal tissues checked annually.

Bryan was delighted to resume sexual relations with Brad, her boyfriend. Weight lifting may have contributed to her cystocele and therefore I provided Brynn with pelvic floor mucsle exercises on how to strengthen her pelvic floor if she wanted to resume her toning. Brynn felt far more informed as she left my office with her sample of Gyatrof. She was also really happy to know she could pick up her Gynatrof at any pharmacy like London Drugs, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Rexall and more all across Canada.

Maureen McGrath is a Registered Nurse host of the Sunday Night Sex Show on News Talk 980 CKNW, feminist, women’s health expert and a 2016 TED speaker on the Sexless Marriage. Her book is available on Amazon.ca : Sex & Health: Why One Can’t Come Without The Other. She is recipient of the Vancouver Board of Trade Community Catalyst Award 2016 and a finalist for YWCA Women of Distinction.

Maureen McGrath

Maureen McGrath

Host of the CKNW Sunday Night Health Show on Corus Radio. As a leading women's health expert and Registered Nurse, I understand the importance that sexual, vaginal, bladder and bowel health has on overall health and relationships.

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