The use of pessaries for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse has been documented in early Egyptian papyruses. The materials used to make pessaries have changed over time, evolving from halved fruit soaked in vinegar to cork, brass, and rubber. Modern day pessaries are made of non-reactive silicone and come in various designs and sizes to suit each individual user. The word pessary comes from the Greek word pesos and the Latin word pessarium meaning oval stone.


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