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USA FDA Orders Removal of Surgical Mesh From the Market

A CBC News article today reported that the US Food and Drug Administration has ordered immediate removal of surgical mesh products for prolapse to be removed from the market immediately.  The companies have 10 days to submit their plans for removal of their products. The FDA indicates that companies selling the mesh have not demonstrated reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for the devices.

Women have been reporting mild to severe complications with mesh implants; some have been left with debilitating physical pain that has limited mobility and diminished quality of life.  Lobby groups in several countries have rallied for restricted use of mesh devices and many lawsuits have been filed. Canadian women have previously launched lawsuits related to complications with mesh implantation.

Compared to more invasive surgeries, the mesh is a relatively simple procedure that has become quite commonly recommended for women suffering from pelvic health issues, including incontinence and prolapse.

For a summary of Pelvic Mesh related articles previous to this announcement, see Pelvic Mesh Risks

View the FDA Statement Here

Read the full CBC New Article ‘Stop selling transvaginal surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse, U.S. FDA orders’

Wish I had My Giggle Knickers On!

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I love getting mail when it’s something fun; I was happy to receive a sample of the newest absorbent underwear to hit the market – it’s Giggle Knickers, by UK partnership Anne Davidson and Judith Balcazar.  They designed Giggle Knickers … read more

Tell Someone You Have Stress Incontinence

If you're struggling with accidentally peeing now and then, tell someone

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Incontinence (Accidental Pee) After Giving Birth

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The Answer Isn’t Simply “Do More Kegels”

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How to Sneeze with Stress Incontinence

Stress Incontinence Sneeze Leak

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Oh no, I Accidentally Peed My Pants!

Accidental Peeing – It Actually Happens Have you ever heard someone say “I just peed a little”.  Or how about “it was so funny I almost peed myself laughing!”  Chances are the person telling you they almost peed themselves probably … read more