Tension free vaginal tape

Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) is for women with stress urinary incontinence. It is usually not considered suitable for women considering having children, or for women with other conditions like a cystocele or a vaginal prolapse. The ‘tape’ is a thin piece of mesh.

Since July 2018, this procedure has been paused and safety measures are currently under review. Procedures using vaginally inserted tapes or meshes will not be offered unless there is no alternative and the procedure cannot be delayed.

If you have undergone the procedure to have mesh or tape vaginally inserted and you believe that you are experiencing complications, then you should contact your GP or surgeon for a follow up.

More information on why the procedure is under review can be found on the gov.uk website.