“I wake up at night like an old lady with incontinence. I have no social life because it is so embarrassing and my sex life is a mess.”
Lana (not her real name), in her late 40s, was told that the transvaginal mesh sling would all but eliminate her incontinence problems, which began after giving birth to her fourth child. “I started to lose a bit of urine when I laughed, coughed or sneezed and I worried it would get worse as I get older,” Lana explains. “I was recommended to one of the best specialists and he said TVM was the answer. He did an exam after surgery and said it was perfect.”
How wrong he was! Three weeks later, Lana’s incontinence was worse than it had ever been. She said her bladder wasn’t where it was supposed to be, that it was “almost out” and she began to worry about cancer, among other worries.
Lana hasn’t had a good night’s sleep either. “I wake up at least twice a night to pee, even if I don’t have anything to drink after dinner,” she says. “Going to a restaurant is out of the question, or even going to one of the kid’s events is difficult, so there goes my social life.
“And the sex is painful. I worry because anytime we have sex it is terrible. I ask my husband if it hurts him but he wouldn’t tell me, even if it did. I think it does hurt him because he doesn’t initiate sex anymore.”
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“I worked in a hospital and my parents have a medical background so I tend to be cautious,” Lana adds. “My family doctor has referred me to another specialist but I read online that some women have gone through multiple surgeries to get it removed - I am terrified.
“I think this is as bad as it gets: there goes my social life, sex life and sleep. Thank God I have a great husband. If I was younger, sex would be a huge problem. Sex is supposed to be a healthy part of your life. What am I going to do, besides get involved in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit? Hopefully, my story can help others: whatever your doctor advises, don’t get transvaginal mesh.”