Women in the media

Photographer Caroline Briggs releases a documentary in photographs to show the suffering of women harmed by mesh implants.

Caroline Briggs photographic documentary on mesh injured women


The Pool Luce Brett became incontinent at 30 and all because she had babies. Now she wants to eradicate the shame and loneliness of it.

Explore Health Real Housewives of New York City star Cindy Barshop tests out a vaginal throne that is like doing 11,000 kegels in half an hour to restore your pelvic floor.

Victoria Woodhall also tests the throne out in an article in The Times.

Victoria Woodhall tests out a Vaginal Throne, but at £2,000 for 6 half hour sessions we say try NHS physio first!
Victoria Woodhall tests out a Vaginal Throne, but at £2,000 for 6 half hour sessions we say try NHS physio first!

A Sling The Mesh Facebook Page with natural solutions for incontinence and prolapse is here https://www.facebook.com/Sling-The-Mesh-Natural-Solutions-for-SUI-or-prolapse-146944465706889/

Vice Magazine How doctors gaslight women into doubting their own pain.

Woman and Home magazine cover a potted history of the vaginal / pelvic mesh implant disaster

Linda Cardozo submits abstract for IUGA Portugal 2011 see page 20 in which 16 mesh complications from prolapse are recorded from 2005 to 2010 at King’s London. Yet in same time frame only 2 reocrded to MHRA in the whole of the UK

Linda Cardozo non discussed abstract at 2011 IUGA in Portugal. See page 20

Deeside News Maxine Cooper suffers  excruciatingly painful complications since having a mesh implant. She joined 80 women and their families at Parliament calling for mesh to be suspended across the UK to fall in line with Scotland where a suspension was called for in 2014.

Mirror Cat Lee used to be a vibrant university lecturer. Now she lives in crippling pain and fighting infections. A mesh implant has left her unable to walk far before she has to use a mobility scooter to help her get about. Also in the Daily Mail Metro The Sun

Daily Mail. Sohier Elneil, a gynaecologist at University College Hospital, London, who specialises in removing the fragmented mesh, says she sees up to 20 patients a month: ‘This is a big problem. Women have not been informed of the consequences of having this material implanted.’

New Zealand women demand answers as to why mesh is still being used.

Charlotte Korte and Carmel Berry of Facebook support group Mesh Down Under in New Zealand
Charlotte Korte and Carmel Berry of Facebook support group Mesh Down Under in New Zealand

Formerly active woman Lynn had to sell her business early as she was not able to work any more. She has not been able to have sex for eight years as it is too painful and now has no control over her bladder or bowel.

New Zealand politician Christine Rankin tells how she was ignored by her surgeon when her mesh implant caused unbelievable pain and infections. The doctor “lost interest” in her as it was clear the problems were not improving with time. He then dropped the bombshell that mesh canot be taken out and she would need to learn to live with it.

Buzzfeed Australia cover the “greatest women’s health crisis of our generation.” Even just a few months after the operation Janelle was raw with pain and she had this feeling that her urine was absolutely hot and scalding,. The pain in her groin was like someone had belted her with a cricket bat. Eventually, she was told the implant had eroded through her vaginal wall.

Mama Mia magazine covers the mesh implant scandal. Australian mum Kim Bleiskecke tells how a mesh prolapse operation changed her life forever. “I was rotting from the inside,” she said. The scandal is global.

Zoe Beaty of The Pool magazine writes about the mesh implant scandal.
Zoe Beaty of The Pool magazine writes about the mesh implant scandal.

The Pool At just 36 seconds in Kath Sansom is already talking at 200 words per minute.

Zoe Beaty explains the issue with vaginal mesh implants and why campaigners are so passionate to stop other women suffering.

Take A Break tells how Kate Langley lost her childminding business and has had more than 50 hospital admissions after her vaginal mesh implant ruined her health.

Lincolnshire Live reports how Ann endures years of debilitating pain after vaginal mesh erodes and slices through her urethra.

Danny Pike radio show. Kate Langley talks about how mesh implants are changing women’s lives – and not for the better.

Norwich Evening News Lisa Woodrow was left in a wheelchair after a mesh implant operation.  She lost her successful business, her partner and her home and is now registered disabled and lives in a rented home on benefits.

I knew the minute I woke up from surgery that something was wrong,” says Dawn Martin, 55. “It felt like broken glass down there. I could barely empty my bladder. It was agony – and it didn’t stop.” The problem with mesh implants is reported in The Telegraph

Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy
Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy

Scottish campaigners Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy fight to get mesh implants banned. Olive said: “When mesh goes wrong it goes seriously wrong.

“There are women losing their bladders, losing their kidneys. They don’t have a life.

“The life they had is totally gone. They cannot walk, sit without pain.”

Scottish Mesh Survivors website
Scottish Mesh Survivors website

Read all of the news and latest developments in Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Mesh Survivors website.

Pregnancy and childbirth can cause prolapse and incontinence for 1 in 3 mums.
Pregnancy and childbirth can cause prolapse and incontinence for 1 in 3 mums.

From babies to barely able to walk.

The 20 minute operation given to thousands of women on the NHS that’s is changing lives – but not for the better. Sling The Mesh campaigner Kath Sansom talks about her experience of having a TVT operation.

Karen Griffiths spent months in a wheelchair after suffering agonising side-effects from incontinence surgery. She  is campaigning for the procedure to be banned.

Karen Grifiths
Karen Griffiths

“It has been horrendous. I wish every day that I had not had it done but women are still being offered this procedure and are not fully aware of the consequences,’ she said.

Read her story in the Daily Mail.

Lizzy Ford and Marion Garland
Lizzy Ford and Marion Garland

Lizzy and Marion urge women to never choose the mesh implant operation. Lizzy went from biker to mobility scooter. Marion can no longer go on hill walks she used to love.

Read their story in the Southern echo.

Don't forget to do your pelvic floor exercises
Don’t forget to do your pelvic floor exercises

As you gaze adoringly at your newborn baby and worry about nappy changing or sleepless nights don’t forget to do your pelvic floor exercises! They could help problems of incontinence or prolapse in the future.

Juno Magazine. 

Young mum Kimberley Vallis needed pain injections so she could walk down the aisle on her wedding day after a  mesh implant left her in excrutiating pain.

Kimberley Vallis
Kimberley Vallis

The teaching assistant said her decision to go for what she was told was the quick and easy solution almost destroyed her health.

Read her story in The Mirror.

A mesh implant was the worst decision I ever made, says nurse practitioner Dawn Martin.

Dawn Martin
Dawn Martin

‘I was panic-stricken. ‘The pain was just unbearable. I had a total inability to pass urine.

“I had to rock back and forth on the toilet to get a tiny bit out.

I told the doctors but they said it was just inflammation and it would settle down. But it didn’t.”

Read Dawn’s story in the Portsmouth News.

Belinda Bibby
Belinda Bibby

Belinda talks to the Chester Chronicle about the TVT mesh tape that caused her nine years of agony.

“I endured years of not getting help because no one knows of the adverse effects.

“I did all my own research and got help from other women, otherwise I would still be suffering.”

Theresa Bartram’s tells The Metro how mesh tape implant cut through her vaginal walls and injured her partner during sex

Teresa Bartram
Teresa Bartram

She said it was as if the most private area of her body had grown teeth.

She was finally told the mesh had been fitted too low, which is why she had injured her partner’s penis and suffered such awful complications. At just 50 years old she fears she will remain celibate forever.

Ann Cook talks to the Royston Crow about how mesh caused extreme stomach cramps, pain down her legs and constant urinary tract infections.

Ane Cook
Anne Cook

“It was described as such a simple day surgery with little or no complications, so I went for it.”

But the mesh caused extreme stomach cramps, pain down her legs and constant urinary tract infections.

She said: “It was horrible. I couldn’t stand up straight and was doubled over. I am a strong woman but this stopped me in my tracks”.

Claire Cooper speaks to the Sussex Express on how she was given a womb ablation after having a mesh sling. The intense heat of the ablation just centimetres from the plastic mesh in her pelvic area caused horrendous problems.

Claire Cooper
Claire Cooper

“I was being treated for heavy periods and it was suggested I had a thermal Endometrial Ablation.

“A day later, my nightmare began. I have never experienced tearing, sickening pain like it. Weeks went by, and then months, and despite procedure after procedure and subsequent time off from work, I was no better”.

Sky News reports how hundreds of women across the UK are calling for the ban of a medical procedure which has left them in chronic pain – with some unable to walk.

Kath Sansom on Sky News
Kath Sansom on Sky News

For some patients, this surgery is of benefit – but for others it is a personal tragedy.

And nobody knows just how many women are suffering.

“The perception is that the amount of women who have had problems is minimal, but for every woman affected that is one too many.”

The danger of mesh slings is covered by Natural Parenting Magazine.

“I was a healthy and happy mum of two teenagers, but had a niggling problem of suffering life’s little leaks when I exercised.

A blog on the dangers of mesh
A blog on the dangers of mesh

“It wasn’t the end of the world but when I heard about a simple 20 minute day-case operation to fix it, I jumped at the chance. I was told it had minimal risks and I’d be healed within a week.

Two days after the mesh TVT bladder sling was inserted, my nose started dripping. I thought nothing of it, but then leg pains intensified and with each step I became more and more scared.

Huffington Post blog – “I bought something that looked like it was straight out of an Anne Summers catalogue to fix my pelvic floor.”

Huffington Post blog about mesh implants.
Huffington Post blog about the mesh implants.

The problem had been kicking at my heels since having my second daughter – a gorgeous bundle of 9lb 11oz massiveness.

It became a standard joke that, thank God I loved her as much as I did, because she left me with what many have after natural childbirth – mild incontinence.



4 thoughts on “Women in the media

  1. Hi Tracy just read your case study and I had the TVT done in 2007 and ever since that day I cannot bare anything inside me its so painful, with burning its affecting my life and my partnership with my husband, I’m so stressed about it, it wasn’t till last week that I thought i’d check online to see if it could be removed and came across all the bad stories! I cryed with relief because I thought I was alone suffering from this operation. I’m even more stressed now to learn that I might never be back to my normal self as time goes on it gets more and more painful. I’m going to book an appointment with my doctor but not sure how to approach her with my findings. I Just don’t know what to do with myself. I wasn’t told of any after effects if I had I would have refused the operation, I have never had a follow up appointment, once I left the hospital that was it. Sue

  2. Hello Sue, so sorry to read that you have suffered. I recommend you see your GP adn ask for a referral to either Susie Elneil in London or Natalia Price in Oxford to get the mesh removed. We have a support and information on Facebook too where there are lots of lovely ladies who can offer advice, Kath

  3. Thank you for raising awareness of the serious complications so many women have following the ‘minor’ day procedure (TVT) that I had in January of this year. Without the support of the Sling the Mesh Facebook page I would not have known where to go to get a full removal of the mesh, which I had a foreign body reaction to.

  4. I had this procedure done in December 2017. As soon as I woke up I was in pure agony with severe pain and nerve damage down my left side. I suffer from severe cramp if I move the left leg in a certain position. I have repeated UTI,s too. I cannot have an intimate relationship with my husband and life is not the same. I have bladder pain and feel ‘butchered’ down there.
    I’m waiting to get a second opinion.
    I also feel exhausted all of the time.
    I don’t know what to do next.
    My thoughts go out to all these ladies who have been affected by this procedure

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