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Device aids pelvic organ prolapse

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An innovative new medical device designed to help women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse – Rectocele - is now available through the NHS.

The Femmeze Vagina Trainer has been developed with the aim of creating a dignified and hygienic solution for women suffering from this condition.

Sharon Eustice, an NHS nurse consultant for continence, recognised a need for a product to assist sufferers in realigning the rectocele in order to pass stools. She developed the self-use device to offer women a credible personal solution to use in place of fingers.

In the past, sufferers have had no option but to use their fingers, which is not only unpleasant, but also difficult for women with dexterity problems. The Femmeze makes this process easier, as well as reducing the risk of damage.

Rectoceles are common in women who have gone through child birth and it is estimated that in the UK alone 300,000 women per year suffer with this long term condition. Problems arise from the rectum herniating forward through a vaginal tissue-wall tear, obstructing the bowel from emptying.

Medical Devices Technology International has agreed a license with the PCT and are manufacturing samples and managing the initial user evaluation.

Martin Levermore, chief executive officer of MDTI Ltd commented on the launch. “This very much demonstrates what can be achieved when NHS professionals and the private sector genuinely seek to work together,” he said.

MDTI Ltd has backed female care products in the past and views women’s health as a priority issue.

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