Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Importance of Getting Your Prolapse Information from Professional, Scientific Sources

Make sure you are selective when getting medical information from online sources such as You Tube
The internet is a great tool for managing your prolapse. Considering that many doctors still do not have a good awareness of prolapse, it is a place where you can find out more about your condition. Even though most people feel uncomfortable discussing prolapse in person, online you can find lots of people willing to share their experiences with you.
However, there is a downside to using the internet as your primary source of information, and that is making sure that the information is accurate, based on science, and that the person giving you the information has no ulterior motive.
A good example of this problem is You Tube videos about mesh surgery. A recent report presented at the American Urological Association 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting found that two thirds of all videos about mesh surgery for prolapse were posted by legal firms. Lawyers are not generally recognised as experts in women's health. It is more likely that they posted these videos, usually very critical of mesh surgery, to try and find women who had experienced complications from mesh surgery and would like to sue. You can read an article on this case here: Patient Perceptions of Vaginal Mesh From YouTube and TV.
When looking for information on managing your prolapse, think carefully about what the person who produced the information may be hoping to achieve.
A good place to start is here, at the Prolapse Information Project. I have no financial share in any prolapse-related products, and I strive to bring you only scientifically-backed information from reputable sources.

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