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TVT mesh is Pharmaceutical’s Equivalent of FGM – Women’s Health Article

Thousands of women in the United Kingdom are unable to have sex because of Johnson & Johnson’s mesh implants. Many have been severely disabled too.

Research has shown that the medical profession within the NHS has known that the so called, minimally invasive operation, affects blood flow to the clitoris. In some cases it reduces it and in other cases it can increase it. Ideally most women would like their clitorises to become engage when they are, so to speak.

Women are not warned of this common side effect of the mesh implant and as yet, no person has been able to gain any legal compensation, in the UK, from the medical authorities for damages to their sex life due to mesh.

The plastic, polypropylene, in the TVT mesh takes years to break down and then it will start cutting back into the bodies connective tissue around the bladder and pelvic bone. The time limit for legal action on medical device damage is three years. There is no legal pathway to sue for damages in the United Kingdom – regardless of the stories running across social media.

There is no legal right to enjoy sex or intimate relations so it is also impossible to sue the doctors or the government for loss or damages on this account. People have more legal rights to educate children into a strange cult.

The NHS estimates that there are thousands of women suffering with the mesh who have yet to realise the cause of their troubles. Denial mainly but also because the medical profession has not kept a log of who they have fitted the devices in, so they cannot recall.

Many hospitals, clinics, doctors and consultants have made a good living by performing several investigative surgical procedures on women (and some men) complaining of bladder pain. With one women undergoing thirteen separate procedures, three at a private hospital paid by the NHS, to investigate – when TVT mesh was the obvious cause.

It’s gotten to the point where consideration to ban the TVT is strong enough and there are several calls for recall and already an all out ban in the United States. Johnson and Johnson are currently in highest courts answering questions on this barbaric procedure, but not in England.

The comparisons with female genital mutation (FGM) are present. Whilst FGM is illegal and ought to be, the fitting of the TVT is legal and advised as ‘healthy’. Patients are not informed fully of the risks.

No one cares that informed consent is not being followed in NHS England’s hospitals.

Essentially the TVT does the same thing to women as FGM. Fitting the TVT cuts the blood flow to the clitoris therefore making orgasm impossible, difficult or extremely painful. It should also be noted that penetrative sex becomes more painful and difficult with a TVT fitted as the plastic shrinks as it gets older, often eroding into the vaginal walls.

These bladder ‘sling’ operations are done under the guise of helping but it is known that the implant and the operation itself is unsafe. I checked this morning before writing this piece and the operation including the plastic mesh is still being implanted in NHS hospitals and the associated paperwork does not mention the lack of blood flow to the clitoris or cutting into the bladder/vagina being as common as it is.

To start protecting ourselves from companies like Johnson & Johnson, who have no scruples, we must start saying no. Our national health service is paying the price, a far too heavy a price, as the removals of these mesh devices take hours in surgery and leave patients needing a long recovery but they generally do recover.

Whilst many have no issue seeing FGM as being a barbaric tradition at some point TVT should be viewed as the same. As women we must stand up, be counted and listened to. FGM horrifies anyone civilised and yet the same civilised people turn away from those damaged by TVT mesh because it was done by doctors.

I ask for change and for the medical profession to stop profiling women as moaning about nothing and/or diagnosing sufferers with ‘faulty pain signals’. Its’ time for the government to get a grip with these companies, get control of the NHS back from those that don’t care and start to listen.

I’d also like to see a change in the press. The media is awash with false stories.

TV adverts are constant regarding wetting one self, as if it is normal. Extremely short recovery time after giving birth is probably the reason many women suffer from incontinence, it’s not rocket science. In the UK, under current NHS system, women are discharged from hospital the same day (even Ehlers Danlos sufferers) so are often unable to take it easy with a new baby.

Gone now the two weeks bed rest from the 1950s.

The TVT and mesh slings implanted into soft tissue have scared, maimed and disabled the women they’ve been placed in. The surgeon removing them knows the damage is worse or similar to the damage done by FGM as it goes further into the body. About time we listened to the surgeons but only if the pharmaceutical representative hasn’t gotten to them first.

Samantha “unextraordinarybint” Harris is a writer based in United Kingdom.