Administration: How to Use Vaginal Pessaries

Medication Information Leaflet

​This leaflet explains the correct method of inserting vaginal pessaries.  

1. Wash your hands and vaginal area with a gentle cleanser/soap and water. 

Dry it thoroughly. 
2. Remove the pessary from the packaging/wrapper.

(a) Some medications come as a pre-filled applicator (which means that the pessary is already pre-inserted into the applicator). 

(b) Others may have a separate applicator, where you will need to insert the pessary into the end of the applicator.

(c) If no applicator is supplied, you can insert the pessaries using your fingers.

Note: During pregnancy, the pessary should be inserted without using an applicator.

3. Lie on your back with your knees bent and legs slightly apart.

Gently insert the pessary (pointed end first) or applicator into the vagina, as far as comfortably possible.

If using an applicator, push the plunger until it stops to release the pessary into the vagina. 
Then, remove the applicator from the vagina.
​ ​4. Wash your hands again.
​ ​5. If the applicator is reusable, clean it as directed.
Discard the applicator if it is disposable. 
​ 6. Continue to use the medication for as long as directed by your doctor or pharmacist, even during your menstrual period.
​ 7. Avoid sexual intercourse during the period of treatment.
 ​8. You may use a sanitary napkin/panty liner to prevent the medication from leaking and staining your clothes.  

How should I store this medication?

Store in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Keep this medication away from children. 

How should I throw away this medication safely?

Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing it into the rubbish chute or bin. 

If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately. The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.

This article is jointly developed by members of the National Medication Information workgroup. The workgroup consists of cluster partners (National Healthcare Group, National University Health System and SingHealth), community pharmacies (Guardian, Unity and Watsons) and Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. The content does not reflect drug availability and supply information in pharmacies and healthcare institutions. You are advised to check with the respective institutions for such information.

Last updated on May 2022 

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