One of the most memorable moments in a woman’s life can be said to be childbirth, but for some, the consequences of labour may stay with them long after giving birth.
After having a baby, many women experience what is known as ‘pelvic organ prolapse’. This is where the muscles that hold the pelvic organs in place, such as the bladder, uterus and bowel, become stretched, allowing these organs to move out of place. This can cause many problems including incontinence.
Mesh vaginal implants, which are made out of a thermoplastic called polypropylene, were created to try and treat these unfortunate consequences of childbirth and according to NHS statistics, since April 2007, more than 90,000 women in England alone have had some type of vaginal mesh implant inserted.
But recently, it has become apparent that they are not as effective as first thought and worryingly around 1 in 11 of these women has suffered problems due to the product.
The most common problem reported by women is that after they have had the implant inserted they are left in severe pain and discomfort. In many cases, the pain does not begin until months after the insertion when the plastic mesh of the implant starts cutting through the vaginal wall. This can and has caused significant nerve damage in many women, which has inevitably prevented them from maintaining a normal work life, being able to have sex and in the most severe cases, making them dependant on crutches or even a wheelchair to get around.
It has been reported that some males have also been injured by the plastic mesh during sex with their partners, and it can be assumed that this has put a strain on many relationships.
Since these problems have come to light, multiple women across the UK have had the mesh implants surgically removed, but by this point, much of the damage is said to be irreversible. Despite this, and there being over a 100 different types of the mesh implants available on the NHS, not one has been recalled to date.
In support, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has stated that ‘for the majority of women, the use of vaginal mesh implants is safe and effective’ – but it can be argued, who is looking out for the minority?
Ally Taft, Partner at the Medical Accident Group says, “The extent to which these products have and are potentially injuring women is very worrying. Childbirth should be a memorable experience for all the right reasons and these products should be recalled or at very least suspended in the UK, until we can be certain that they are safe.”
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