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Side Effects Associated with Vaginal Mesh


Published on A vaginal mesh is a semi-permeable barrier surgically inserted or “placed” through a woman’s vagina via an incision in the abdomen by a physician. Read more at

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Side Effects Associated with Vaginal Mesh

  1. 1. Side Effects associated with Vaginal MeshAs published on Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit site
  2. 2. A vaginal mesh is a semi-permeable barrier surgically insertedor “placed” through a woman’s vagina via an incision in theabdomen by a physician. It is usually used to treat Pelvic OrganProlapse (POP) - a condition in which a woman’s reproductive orpelvic organs fall into or through her vaginal opening. StressUrinary Incontinence (SUI) is a condition marked by theinvoluntary leakage of urine from a woman’s urethra duringmoments of physical stress (e.g. sneezing, coughing,exertion, etc.). Even though the U.S. Food and DrugAdministration (FDA) updated its feedback programregarding medical devices and the fact that there is no proofthat this is more effective than other means of treating POPand/or SUI, vaginal mesh devices are still manufactured andare readily available to be purchased.
  3. 3. The most commonly reported complication of using vaginalmesh is erosion. It exposes the vagina’s rough anduncomfortable surface and causes dyspareunia to the patientand to her partner because of scarring. The FDA suggests thatrepairing such erosion may need multiple surgeries.Other side effects and complications come in the form ofbleeding, infection, urinary infections, bladder or bowelperforation, painful urination, Fistulas, narrowing of the vaginalwall, mesh shrinkage, mesh migration, painful sexualintercourse for both partners, recurrence of incontinence,recurrence of either POP or SUI, or both, tightening of thevagina and ultimately, pain. Immediately get in touch with aphysician if one experiences any of the mentionedcomplications and side effects brought on by the usage ofvaginal mesh.
  4. 4. A study has shown that, after three months, 23.6 per cent of337 participants with the vaginal mesh had urinaryincontinence compared to the 49.4 per cent without the Mesh.There was a 31 percent urinary tract infection rate among thevaginal mesh users versus the 18.3 percent in the non-usergroup. Complications in bleeding occurred in 3.1 percent andbladder perforations were blah in nearly 7 percent of thewomen using the vaginal mesh. This says a lot about thevaginal mesh being more dangerous than using other methodswhich are way less hazardous than using a vaginal mesh fortreating POP and SUI.
  5. 5. Aside from using the vaginal mesh, there are other ways fortreating POP, especially if the patient does not experienceserious symptoms. Such ways are doing Kegel exerciseswhich strengthen and tighten the pelvic muscles,maintaining a healthy weight, consuming high-fiber foodlike whole-wheat bread, lessening the intake of caffeine-based beverages and avoiding strenuous activities such aslifting heavy weight to minimize the strain on the pelvicmuscles. These alternative ways are non-invasive and areeasy to practice on a daily basis.