Photographer Caroline Briggs releases a documentary in photographs to show the suffering of women harmed by mesh implants.
The Pool Luce Brett became incontinent at 30 and all because she had babies. Now she wants to eradicate the shame and loneliness of it.
Explore Health Real Housewives of New York City star Cindy Barshop tests out a vaginal throne that is like doing 11,000 kegels in half an hour to restore your pelvic floor.
Victoria Woodhall also tests the throne out in an article in The Times.
A Sling The Mesh Facebook Page with natural solutions for incontinence and prolapse is here https://www.facebook.com/Sling-The-Mesh-Natural-Solutions-for-SUI-or-prolapse-146944465706889/
Vice Magazine How doctors gaslight women into doubting their own pain.
Woman and Home magazine cover a potted history of the vaginal / pelvic mesh implant disaster
Linda Cardozo submits abstract for IUGA Portugal 2011 see page 20 in which 16 mesh complications from prolapse are recorded from 2005 to 2010 at King’s London. Yet in same time frame only 2 reocrded to MHRA in the whole of the UK
Deeside News Maxine Cooper suffers excruciatingly painful complications since having a mesh implant. She joined 80 women and their families at Parliament calling for mesh to be suspended across the UK to fall in line with Scotland where a suspension was called for in 2014.
Mirror Cat Lee used to be a vibrant university lecturer. Now she lives in crippling pain and fighting infections. A mesh implant has left her unable to walk far before she has to use a mobility scooter to help her get about. Also in the Daily Mail Metro The Sun
Daily Mail. Sohier Elneil, a gynaecologist at University College Hospital, London, who specialises in removing the fragmented mesh, says she sees up to 20 patients a month: ‘This is a big problem. Women have not been informed of the consequences of having this material implanted.’
Formerly active woman Lynn had to sell her business early as she was not able to work any more. She has not been able to have sex for eight years as it is too painful and now has no control over her bladder or bowel.
New Zealand politician Christine Rankin tells how she was ignored by her surgeon when her mesh implant caused unbelievable pain and infections. The doctor “lost interest” in her as it was clear the problems were not improving with time. He then dropped the bombshell that mesh canot be taken out and she would need to learn to live with it.
Buzzfeed Australia cover the “greatest women’s health crisis of our generation.” Even just a few months after the operation Janelle was raw with pain and she had this feeling that her urine was absolutely hot and scalding,. The pain in her groin was like someone had belted her with a cricket bat. Eventually, she was told the implant had eroded through her vaginal wall.
Mama Mia magazine covers the mesh implant scandal. Australian mum Kim Bleiskecke tells how a mesh prolapse operation changed her life forever. “I was rotting from the inside,” she said. The scandal is global.
The Pool At just 36 seconds in Kath Sansom is already talking at 200 words per minute.
Zoe Beaty explains the issue with vaginal mesh implants and why campaigners are so passionate to stop other women suffering.
Take A Break tells how Kate Langley lost her childminding business and has had more than 50 hospital admissions after her vaginal mesh implant ruined her health.
Lincolnshire Live reports how Ann endures years of debilitating pain after vaginal mesh erodes and slices through her urethra.
Danny Pike radio show. Kate Langley talks about how mesh implants are changing women’s lives – and not for the better.
Norwich Evening News Lisa Woodrow was left in a wheelchair after a mesh implant operation. She lost her successful business, her partner and her home and is now registered disabled and lives in a rented home on benefits.
I knew the minute I woke up from surgery that something was wrong,” says Dawn Martin, 55. “It felt like broken glass down there. I could barely empty my bladder. It was agony – and it didn’t stop.” The problem with mesh implants is reported in The Telegraph
Scottish campaigners Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy fight to get mesh implants banned. Olive said: “When mesh goes wrong it goes seriously wrong.
“There are women losing their bladders, losing their kidneys. They don’t have a life.
“The life they had is totally gone. They cannot walk, sit without pain.”
Read all of the news and latest developments in Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Mesh Survivors website.
The 20 minute operation given to thousands of women on the NHS that’s is changing lives – but not for the better. Sling The Mesh campaigner Kath Sansom talks about her experience of having a TVT operation.
Karen Griffiths spent months in a wheelchair after suffering agonising side-effects from incontinence surgery. She is campaigning for the procedure to be banned.
“It has been horrendous. I wish every day that I had not had it done but women are still being offered this procedure and are not fully aware of the consequences,’ she said.
Lizzy and Marion urge women to never choose the mesh implant operation. Lizzy went from biker to mobility scooter. Marion can no longer go on hill walks she used to love.
Read their story in the Southern echo.
As you gaze adoringly at your newborn baby and worry about nappy changing or sleepless nights don’t forget to do your pelvic floor exercises! They could help problems of incontinence or prolapse in the future.
Young mum Kimberley Vallis needed pain injections so she could walk down the aisle on her wedding day after a mesh implant left her in excrutiating pain.
The teaching assistant said her decision to go for what she was told was the quick and easy solution almost destroyed her health.
Read her story in The Mirror.
A mesh implant was the worst decision I ever made, says nurse practitioner Dawn Martin.
‘I was panic-stricken. ‘The pain was just unbearable. I had a total inability to pass urine.
“I had to rock back and forth on the toilet to get a tiny bit out.
I told the doctors but they said it was just inflammation and it would settle down. But it didn’t.”
Read Dawn’s story in the Portsmouth News.
Belinda talks to the Chester Chronicle about the TVT mesh tape that caused her nine years of agony.
“I endured years of not getting help because no one knows of the adverse effects.
“I did all my own research and got help from other women, otherwise I would still be suffering.”
Theresa Bartram’s tells The Metro how mesh tape implant cut through her vaginal walls and injured her partner during sex
She said it was as if the most private area of her body had grown teeth.
She was finally told the mesh had been fitted too low, which is why she had injured her partner’s penis and suffered such awful complications. At just 50 years old she fears she will remain celibate forever.
Ann Cook talks to the Royston Crow about how mesh caused extreme stomach cramps, pain down her legs and constant urinary tract infections.
“It was described as such a simple day surgery with little or no complications, so I went for it.”
But the mesh caused extreme stomach cramps, pain down her legs and constant urinary tract infections.
She said: “It was horrible. I couldn’t stand up straight and was doubled over. I am a strong woman but this stopped me in my tracks”.
Claire Cooper speaks to the Sussex Express on how she was given a womb ablation after having a mesh sling. The intense heat of the ablation just centimetres from the plastic mesh in her pelvic area caused horrendous problems.
“I was being treated for heavy periods and it was suggested I had a thermal Endometrial Ablation.
“A day later, my nightmare began. I have never experienced tearing, sickening pain like it. Weeks went by, and then months, and despite procedure after procedure and subsequent time off from work, I was no better”.
Sky News reports how hundreds of women across the UK are calling for the ban of a medical procedure which has left them in chronic pain – with some unable to walk.
For some patients, this surgery is of benefit – but for others it is a personal tragedy.
And nobody knows just how many women are suffering.
“The perception is that the amount of women who have had problems is minimal, but for every woman affected that is one too many.”
The danger of mesh slings is covered by Natural Parenting Magazine.
“I was a healthy and happy mum of two teenagers, but had a niggling problem of suffering life’s little leaks when I exercised.
“It wasn’t the end of the world but when I heard about a simple 20 minute day-case operation to fix it, I jumped at the chance. I was told it had minimal risks and I’d be healed within a week.
Two days after the mesh TVT bladder sling was inserted, my nose started dripping. I thought nothing of it, but then leg pains intensified and with each step I became more and more scared.
Huffington Post blog – “I bought something that looked like it was straight out of an Anne Summers catalogue to fix my pelvic floor.”
The problem had been kicking at my heels since having my second daughter – a gorgeous bundle of 9lb 11oz massiveness.
It became a standard joke that, thank God I loved her as much as I did, because she left me with what many have after natural childbirth – mild incontinence.