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“Why Was Transvaginal Mesh Made?” The Answer May Shock You
It’s the ultimate question, one anyone who is experiencing adverse effects from a transvaginal mesh implant cannot help but ask.
It is a question everyone asks who has to contend with the complications caused by transvaginal mesh products, whether they may be doctors or nurses, to ordinary people who are new to the adverse symptoms of transvaginal mesh. Everyone is asking:
“Why was transvaginal mesh ever made?”
It’s a great question. And the answer may surprise you.
The idea of using polypropylene mesh for transvaginal mesh products came from a totally different purpose altogether. The polypropylene mesh used for transvaginal mesh and slings was originally intended as an abdominal hernia repair. The mesh was made for a totally different body part that has a different sterility profile as far as bacteria is concerned, and different structural issues entirely as far as the body’s ability to tolerate scar tissue formation.
But perhaps this isn’t much of a surprise, after all. Women are especially used to having their needs met as an add-on, so to speak. Historically, women have had to demand every bit of ground gained as far as their health care is concerned, from reproductive issues such as reasonable maternity leave policies to even questions of basic health care. And this struggle continues, even today, as we look at the choices made by the TVM device manufacturers and wonder if a different outcome may have been possible with more women making critical decisions about the safety and efficacy of the TVM products.
Just ask yourself… why the disproportionate harm? Why do pharmaceutical drugs and medical implants so disproportionately hurt women compared to men?
The FDA has “received reports of complications associated with the mesh… [including] adverse reactions to the mesh, adhesions and injuries to nearby organs, nerves or blood vessels.”
All we can we can offer you is this — we will be here for you, should you need us. Every woman deserves a helping hand.