Pelvic wall prolapsed or POP is quite a common problem among women who have recently given birth.
The condition causes leakage of urine during simple activities like coughing, sneezing or laughing too hard. Even excitement causes some amount of urine to leak from the bladder.
The condition can be controlled to a considerable extent by use of a pessary. The pessary is a small device made from silicon and needs to be inserted high up inside the vagina. It provides support to the hanging pelvic wall.
Sea sponges are also being used as pessaries increasingly. The reason is that sea sponge pessaries are completely natural unlike the silicon pessaries. Many women also find sea sponges more comfortable upon insertion.
Let’s look at how you can easily and comfortably insert a sea sponge inside your vagina without help of a doctor. Remember, the insertion of a pessary is very similar to insertion of a tampon into the vagina.
1. The sea sponge that you buy should be of high quality. Use the softest sponge that you can lay your hands on. Soak the sea sponge in filtered water. Squeeze the sponge to wring out the water completely. If the sponge is too big to fit comfortably inside your vagina then trim it using clean and rust-free scissors; you don’t want any germs finding their way inside your vagina or cervix.
2. Put the sea sponge inside your vagina while standing up. This will ensure minimal discomfort. It will also help insert the sea sponge in place. Put your leg foot over a raised platform like the edge of a bath tub or the edge of a bed.
3. Lubricate the sea sponge pessary with a little Vitamin E oil or olive oil. This will make insertion smoother. However, avoid too much use of the oils.
4. Disinfect your hands and squeeze the sponge into a small ball and begin inserting it into your vagina. You will experience only slight discomfort. Push the sponge high into the vagina until you no longer have the feeling of something hanging from inside the vagina.
Change the pessary after every 5 hours. Spread your legs and squat a little to remove the pessary comfortably. Be gentle while pulling out the sea sponge pessary or you might rip it. Clean the pessary and re-insert it.
Do not use soap for cleaning the pessary. Soap will alter the natural –ph environment of the sea sponge that can cause bacterial infections in the vagina and cervix. After taking out the pessary soak it in a solution of warm water and tea tree oil. You can also use baking soda in place of tea tree oil. However, never use any detergent or bleaching agents for cleaning the pessary. Let the sea sponge remain in the cleaning solution for at least a couple of hours. Squeeze all the water from the sponge and place it in a sunny corner to dry.
You can also use hair dryer to keep the sponge dry. A wet sponge will attract the bacteria and virus present in the air leading to vaginal and cervical infections. However, do not microwave the pessary to dry it. The radiations form the microwave will destroy the natural ph environment of the sea sponge