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My doctor suggests a vaginal mesh implant for my urinary incontinence, Is this a safe procedure?

My doctor suggests a vaginal mesh implant for my urinary incontinence, Is this a safe procedure?

A urethral sling: is a thin strip of mesh that is used to support only the urethra. This particular use of mesh has been very thoroughly studied and has a low (NOT zero) risk of serious complications and a high (85-90% in most cases) success rate. If your surgeon is experienced with these devices and you have been properly evaluated, it is a reasonable recommendation. I hope this helps ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Beard
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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more


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What do you suggest if my doctor suggests a vaginal mesh implant for my urinary incontinence, is it safe?

What do you suggest if my doctor suggests a vaginal mesh implant for my urinary incontinence, is it safe?

A urethral sling: is a thin strip of mesh that is used to support only the urethra. This particular use of mesh has been very thoroughly studied and has a low (NOT zero) risk of serious complications and a high (85-90% in most cases) success rate. If your surgeon is experienced with these devices and you have been properly evaluated, it is a reasonable recommendation. I hope this helps ...Read more

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How often does vaginal birth cause incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse? How common are these problems after a normal birth?

How often does vaginal birth cause incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse? How common are these problems after a normal birth?

Tissue damage.: As the baby passes through the birth canal it can cause damage to the supportive tissues around the vagina, bladder, urethra and rectum. In time this can lead to mobility in the urethra and leaking urine with certain activities. It can also result in dropping or prolapse of the pelvic organs. Chance of these problems increases with the number of vaginal births and with age. ...Read more

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Could hpv or previous vaginal birth 8 months ago cause mild discomfort during sex?i have a low mild hpv. or What can cause uncomfortable sex?

Could hpv or previous vaginal birth 8 months ago cause mild discomfort during sex?i have a low mild hpv. or 
What can cause uncomfortable sex?

Many things: Many things can cause discomfort with intercourse including scarring from a previous delivery or vaginal dryness associated with breast feeding. A full history and exam is necessary to know with more certainty. Low risk HPV infections and mild cervical dysplasia due to HPV are seldom the cause unless you are upset because it is sexually transmitted. The brain is our most important sexual organ. ...Read more

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How long does it take estrogen to cause urinary incontinence?

How long does it take estrogen to cause urinary incontinence?

Estrogen and leaking: Estrogen does not cause urinary incontinence. Local estrogen is actually used to revitalize vaginal tissue and help with uterine prolapse. It has not been used to treat incontinence. ...Read more

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I have a urinary diverticulum, is that what causes my urinary incontinence. Should i get the diverticulum checked by a doctor?

I have a urinary diverticulum, is that what causes my urinary incontinence. Should i get the diverticulum checked by a doctor?

Yes: The symptoms of a urethral Diverticulum can be subtle, but classically involve incontinence, burning with urination, and pain with intercourse. Often women will also experience recurrent infections. Surgery to remove the Diverticulum is the only option to resolve the issue ...Read more

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Can urinary incontinence be caused from my immune deffiancy condition I have leakopenia. Thr blood condition.

Unlikely: It is unlikely that your leukopenia is causing your urinary incontinence. Depending on the type of urinary incontinence you have (leakage with cough/sneeze or leakage with the urge to urinate), there are different treatments that would be safe for you. You should see your gyn for an initial evaluation. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage cause urinary incontinence?

Can nerve damage cause urinary incontinence?

Yes: Most specialists agree that damage to the muscles in your pelvis, many times from vaginal childbirth, can cause nerve and muscle damage which, with time, can lead to urinary incontinence. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Previous Vaginal Delivery (Definition)

"Vaginal birth" is the term used to describe any delivery of the baby through the vagina (versus a c-section delivery). The baby typically comes through head first. Click on the animation or illustrated series above to see how a normal vaginal birth proceeds. If the baby is not head first, (e.g., breech) it may need to ...Read more


Vaginal Birth (Definition)

A vaginal birth is one in which the baby passes thru the cervical opening into the vagina and out the vaginal opening. Sometimes naturally, or sometimes with assistance with forceps or vacuum extraction to assist moving the baby's head thru a vaginal area ...Read more