Mum loses her job af­ter life-chang­ing oper­a­tion

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY CATHERINE MUR­PHY run­corn­wid­nes­news@trin­i­tymir­ @Wid­nesRun­cornWN

ARUNCORN teach­ing as­sis­tant and mum-of-four has re­vealed how a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure car­ried out by her sis­ter to ‘re­pair’ her vagina left her with­out a job.

Kim Han­son, 37, of Run­corn, de­cided to get Nu-V Vag­i­nal Re­ju­ve­na­tion treat­ment af­ter she was left in­con­ti­nent from giv­ing birth to her chil­dren.

Kim had the surgery, of­ten nick­named ‘de­signer vagina’, be­cause she said she was un­able to leave the house or ex­er­cise.

How­ever she was left ‘dev­as­tated’ af­ter los­ing her job as teach­ing as­sis­tant at St Cle­ment’s Catholic Pri­mary School af­ter Kim was in­ter­viewed by Closer mag­a­zine.

De­spite the fall-out from the de­ci­sion, Kim stands by the pro­ce­dure, cred­it­ing it for ‘chang­ing her life’.

She said: “I was dev­as­tated when I learnt I was no longer able to keep my job in the school.

“But do I re­gret it? Not at all. I’m more glad I got it done – it’s changed my life. Af­ter the Closer ar­ti­cle I had loads of mes­sages from other women who were suf­fer­ing like I was.

“I was able to give peo­ple my knowl­edge on the surgery and that is what I wanted to do.

“Be­fore the pro­ce­dure, my ev­ery­day life was af­fected, I used to change my knick­ers three times a day and felt like I con­stantly needed to shower, it put me off go­ing any­where too far from home.

“My sis­ter, who is a nurse, told me about it oth­er­wise I may never have known.”

The pro­ce­dure first made head­lines af­ter celebri­ties such as Danielle Lloyd con­fessed to hav­ing it done, how­ever, it is much more than just an­other fad.

In fact, Kim is now urg­ing peo­ple to be open and keen to make them aware there are op­tions avail­able, as it is a se­ri­ous is­sue which af­fects many women.

Kim added: “I think the pro­ce­dure should be of­fered on the NHS. I am so much more con­fi­dent.

“I’ve de­cided to talk about it be­cause see­ing the pos­i­tive com­ments on so­cial ● me­dia high­lighted how many other woman are af­fected by the af­ter­math of giv­ing birth.

Kim is now look­ing for work, al­though she is ner­vous about ap­ply­ing for jobs in ed­u­ca­tion for fear of be­ing re­jected due to her hav­ing the pro­ce­dure.

Kim’s sis­ter Ni­cola Han­son, 41, who car­ried out the pro­ce­dure, has spo­ken about what ex­actly hap­pens dur­ing the pro­ce­dure, which she says is ‘med­i­cal, not cos­metic’.

Work­ing across clin­ics in Liver­pool and Manch­ester in­clud­ing the city’s Pall Mall med­i­cal cen­tre, Ni­cola has met many women with sim­i­lar symp­toms.

Ni­cola said: “It is not just about hav­ing a de­signer vagina, I don’t think that term is even right.

“The symp­toms some woman are left with af­ter giv­ing birth or as they get older can cause their re­la­tion­ships to fall down, it is more se­ri­ous than jokey.

“The pro­ce­dure has helped many women who were un­able to ex­er­cise or walk with­out wet­ting them­selves.”

The 15-minute pro­ce­dure in­volves no surgery and very lit­tle pain.

Ac­cord­ing to the women’s health web­site The Nu-V Vag­i­nal Re­ju­ve­na­tion treat­ment of­fers com­plete vag­i­nal re­ju­ve­na­tion that in­cludes a laser treat­ment.

Sim­i­lar to a smear test, the Nu-V laser is in­serted inside the vagina to cre­ate tiny wounds that en­cour­age the body’s heal­ing process, re­vers­ing any effects from age, child­birth or menopause that may have oc­curred.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found by vis­it­ing the Women’s Health web­site.

Colin Lane

Kim Han­son, right, who had a pro­ce­dure to ‘re­pair’ her vagina, car­ried out by sis­ter Ni­cola

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