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The Use Of Pessaries For Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) In Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation – February 2022

February 26, 2022 - February 27, 2022
Registration Information
  • Register before
    January 15th, 2022
    for early bird pricing

Course Instructor: 

Louise Perrin

Louise is a McGill University graduate: Bsc in 1986 and msc in 2004. She worked in rehabilitation for 6 years before starting to treat pelvic floor disorders, for over 20 years so far. She works as an independent physiotherapist, from her home. Over the years she has been involved with many projects around the practice of pelvic floor reeducation in Québec. In 2007 she worked with the OPPQ to have the right to use pessaries in the physiotherapy practice and since then she has been teaching this approach. In 2013 she organized a pelvic floor conference in Montreal with the OPPQ.

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

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Use Of Pessaries For POP February 2022

Course Description:

This practical course will teach physiotherapists how to prescribe and fit pessaries for pelvic organ prolapse. There is a shortage of pessary prescription in Ontario and this is a delegated act in Ontario for physiotherapists. A sample pessary delegation letter, a full understanding of the risks and benefits of pessary fitting and a strong theoretical component will allow you to be comfortable using pessaries when you go back to your clinic. When working with the patients doctor, physiotherapists are ideally suited to fit and prescribe pessaries to increase your patient’s function during rehabilitation.

This course will benefit physiotherapists who have already worked with patients with POP and will give them another tool to help their patients with their symptoms in conjunction with the other treatments approaches already used in their practice.

Course Objectives:

To be able to use pessaries appropriately and safely.

Through completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the physiopathology of POP
  • Define the different types of POP
  • Understand the symptoms of POP
  • Evaluate a patient with POP
  • Overview (only) of the different treatment approaches for POP
  • Identify indications and contraindications for pessaries
  • Be able to determine the type and size of a pessary for a patient
  • Know how to insert and retrieve a pessary and use a speculum
  • Know the follow-up procedures
  • Know the sterilization procedures for temporary pessaries in Quebec
  • Know how to teach a patient how to use a pessary
  •  Describe the legislation in Quebec about the use of pessaries by physiotherapists

*****Participants for this course are from different professions, provinces and countries. It will be each registrant’s responsibility to look into prevention and infection control for their practice. You are encouraged to verify the legislation in your province or country to ensure that fitting pessaries is within your scope of practise as well as the specific regulations about infection control (cleaning and sterilizing in clinic or outside).


This course is open to physiotherapists and registered nurses. Labs include internal palpation.


Saturday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Sunday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: Level 1 AND 1 year of experience treating patients (or equivalent to be approved). Nurses, doctors and midwives are exempt from the level 1 prerequisite.

Please note: Internal palpation is required on this course

After taking the Pessary course with Louise, I felt confident and prepared to set up pessary fittings at my clinic. This is now a service I can provide to my clients (and referred clients) as a next step for managing SUI and POP.  Offering this service as also helped solidify my professional relationships with local MDs/NPs/OBGYN/UROGYNs who can now refer to me for this as well as Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. I have many physiotherapists who also took the course who refer to me – they decided not to set up fittings in their clinics, however they now have the knowledge to educate their clients about their options and provide that conservative perspective. So whether you decide to fit pessaries yourself or not, this course provides valuable knowledge that allows physiotherapists to better educate our clients about all of their conservative options. 

– Jenny T