Pessaries have the potential for some side effects, which can include:
- A foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Irritation of the vaginal lining
- Vaginal ulcers
- Problems with sexual intercourse or penetration
Certain vaginal gels can help with the discharge, and more frequently cleaning the pessary can help get rid of the odor. If you get vaginal irritation, talk to your doctor about using an estrogen cream.