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Pessary and exercise relieve symptoms for women with pelvic floor prolapse

Research we’re watching A group of Hong Kong researchers wanted to determine if a pessary—a removable device inserted into the vagina to help support pelvic organs—is a reasonable alternative to surgery for women with pelvic floor prolapse. They recruited volunteers with pelvic floor prolapse and randomly assigned 128 to do pelvic floor exercises daily and 128 to wear a pessary and do the exercises. The women also completed two questionnaires—one designed to evaluate…

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