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  • n. Plural form of pessary.


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  • If she lived in the time of bustles and pessaries, Liz suspects that doctors would have thought she had a demon sitting on her chest at night, stealing her breath, or perhaps simply an acute case of the vapors.


  • Although women in the 19th century, when Sanger was born, practiced contraception through various means -- sponges, pessaries and coitus interruptus among them -- none were particularly effective.

    The pill: Making motherhood better for 50 years

  • Women also made their own pessaries from cocoa butter or glycerine.

    Contraception in World War One

  • Doctors also prescribed intracervical pessaries, which were made out of metal and could be up to four or five inches long.

    A Crash Course On Contraception

  • I didn't think that was controversial even in the Catholic Church; it is not unheard of, for example, that nuns in violent missionary territory be pre-armed with pessaries.

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • They test women by pessaries to see if the smells thereof permeate from below upwards to the breath from the mouth and by colours smeared upon the eyes to see if they colour the saliva.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • A proof of this is that pessaries, though wet when applied, are removed dry.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • If pessaries are not available where you live, ask older women in your community what they use for this problem.

    Chapter 13

  • · Inserts (suppositories, pessaries) are made so they can be put into the vagina or the rectum.

    Chapter 36

  • - The metronidazole pessaries are not recommended for vaginal trichomoniasis.

    Chapter 4


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