Factors influencing long-term pessary use

Sarah Friedman, Katherine S. Sandhu, Cuiling Wang, Magdy S. Mikhail, Erika Banks

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Introduction and hypothesis: We aimed to identify factors contributing to successful pessary use for over 1 year. Methods: A chart review was conducted composed of 150 women at Montefiore Medical Center, using a pessary for over 1 year. Characteristics of those who continued pessary usage were compared with those who discontinued use by using Chi-square, Fisher's exact test, logistic regression model, receiver-operator characteristic curve, and Kaplan-Meier survival curves. Results: Thirty-five women (23%) discontinued using pessaries (DP) after a year, while 115 women (77%) continued (CP). There was no difference in multiple characteristics. The DP group had more patients with stress incontinence, p=0.17. Older age at pessary insertion showed higher continued use (OR=1.083, CI: 1.033-1.136). Patients with a history of prolapse repair surgery were more likely to discontinue pessary use. Conclusions: Age greater than 72 years was associated with continued pessary use and history of hysterectomy or prolapse surgery, and stress incontinence were associated with discontinuation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-678
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Continued pessary use
  • Long-term pessary use
  • Nonsurgical management of prolapse
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pessary
  • Pessary counseling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology


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