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Your Body After Pregnancy and Vaginal Mesh

2012 August 21
by Guest Post



Pregnancy, for many women, is one of life’s most joyous events. Most women are aware that pregnancy will make changes in the body and are very willing to make that sacrifice in the interests of having a child. Women know that they risk stretch marks, weight gain and sagging breasts, but not too many are aware of the risk of pelvic floor problems, such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

These are issues that any women who has given birth should be watching for, since early diagnosis and treatment can greatly reduce the chances that SUI or POP surgery will be necessary. And, should surgery become necessary, women need to be aware of the risks involved with widely used SUI and POP procedures that use vaginal mesh implants.

Pregnancy and the Pelvic Floor

Anything that puts pressure on the pelvic floor can weaken and stretch its muscles and connective tissues, and pregnancy certainly does that. The weight of the baby applies pressure, especially in the late stages, when the baby is larger and more cramped.

Labor and delivery also stress the pelvic floor, particularly if your baby weighs more than 8 pounds. Long labor or difficult deliveries can mean more stress, and improperly repaired episiotomies can increase the risk of pelvic floor problems. Nearly half of all women who give birth will have pelvic support problems at some point in their lives.


SUI and POP are common conditions that stem from a weak pelvic floor. Stress urinary incontinence happens when the pelvic floor muscles aren’t strong enough to hold back urine flow when the bladder is squeezed by abdominal muscles, allowing leakage when a woman laughs, coughs, sneezes or does physical activity. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor has become too weak or stretched to provide proper support to pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus and rectum, allowing them to drop low in the pelvis and rest against the vagina.

SUI and POP can appear during pregnancy or shortly after in some women, but in most the symptoms materialize later in life, generally after the age of 50. Many women can manage the symptoms of SUI and POP with targeted pelvic floor exercises, along with lifestyle and dietary changes. However, when non-invasive treatments fail, surgery may be necessary.

Surgical Repair and Vaginal Mesh Dangers

It is essential for women who are considering SUI or POP repair procedures to research all surgical options and discuss the risks and benefits of each with their doctors. Over the last decade, most SUI and POP procedures have been done with the use of vaginal mesh implants, a trend that has proven troublesome for many women. Reports of serious vaginal mesh complications received by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been increasing over the past few years, and the agency has issued alerts on these products, questioning the safety and effectiveness of vaginal mesh implants.

Among the complications most frequently reported are mesh erosion, protrusion of mesh through vaginal walls, organ perforation and infection. Furthermore, the FDA states that procedures done with vaginal mesh haven’t been proven to have better clinical results than traditional surgery. Numerous patients have filed Mesh lawsuits due to these dangerous side effects.

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