Trans-Vaginal Mesh: Incontinence and Female Runners

Incontinence is often associated with post-childbirth complications, but can also be linked to other causes. Health professionals have even linked female incontinence to long-distance running. There has also been significant documentation, online and in the media, about professional athletes who may suffer from incontinence, even while in competition. In a recent article in The Guardian, a runner explores the embarrassing medical condition of incontinence afflicting runners in Boston and throughout the U.S.


One of the traditional ways of treating incontinence has been transvaginal mesh. This is a dangerous product that has left thousands of women in severe pain and requiring reconstructive surgery. Our Boston trans-vaginal mesh attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of patients and to helping individuals seek the medical and legal help they need for recovery. In addition to providing advocacy, our team is also abreast of legal and medical issues that may impact our clients.

Incontinence is an embarrassing medical condition that often goes ignored until women finally seek medical help. It is also an extremely common, though often unspoken, issue among female runners, and women generally. Those who suffer from incontinence may have to use emergency alternatives or will seek out treatments, including trans-vaginal mesh. Some women will wear pads or adult diapers to deal with incontinence, but others have suffered from complications associated with trans-vaginal mesh. In addition to medical treatments, some older women have learned strengthening exercises can help treat incontinence, including Pilates and pelvic-strengthening.

For runners, the impact and motion can create an additional risk of regular incontinence. According to health professionals, incontinence is a common running-related ailment. Dedicated runners may not want to give up exercise, so they seek out medical treatment. Runners who have had trans-vaginal mesh implants should be aware of the risks and dangers of this medical product. In the event of a complication, you should consult with a medical and legal professional to protect your rights.

According to the International Continence Society, there are three forms of incontinence, related to stress, urge, and mixed. Incontinence is involuntary leakage and can be caused by exertion, coughing, or sneezing. Studies show that female fitness instructors have a high rate of incontinence (26.3%). Risks are higher among those who participate in high-impact sports, involving up-and-down motions or jumping. One U.S. study found that 38% of female runners suffered stress incontinence.

Running has the potential to weaken the pelvic floor and can increase the risk of incontinence. Those who suffer from general incontinence, runner’s incontinence, or child-birth related incontinence should fully understand the risks of trans-vaginal mesh implants. They should also consider alternatives to these dangerous medical products. Though heightened awareness may help more female-runners seek medical help, doctors and patients should be aware of the risks of trans-vaginal mesh treatments. In the event that you have suffered from a trans-vaginal mesh related injury, an experienced advocate can research your case, identify responsible entities and help you recover compensation.

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