A mum was unable to have sex for four years after giving birth which required her to have reconstructive surgery.
Abbie Hammonds gave birth to her daughter Amelia in 2016, causing her to suffer from severe tearing.
Specialists had to intervene and she had reconstructive surgery at George Eliot Hospital, but following this, she was unable sex because the pain was unbearable.
The mum from Hinckley said initially everything seemed fine until her and her partner started having sex again, writes LeicestershireLive.
She revealed she would be in pain and start bleeding during intercourse after the reconstructive surgery.
Abbie, 25, said: “I went along for my six-week check but at that point I wasn’t sexually active again so I thought everything was fine.
“It was about a year before my partner and I started trying to have sex again but when we did it wasn’t working.
“I thought it was just me – that I couldn’t relax – so I didn’t do anything but wait.”
Eventually, Abbie decided she should speak to her doctor because she and her partner were planning to have another baby and her problem was not going away.
She said: “The doctor thought everything seemed fine but referred me to a gynaecologist.
“I was told the reason I couldn’t have sex was the scar tissue that had built up after the surgery.”
There was a procedure available to correct the problem but Abbie still had a long wait ahead of her, reports Leicestershire Live.
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She said: “In September last year I was on the hospital waiting list and was told it would be about three months – so hopefully some time in December.
“I heard nothing and in December I got back in touch and was told it would be another three months.
“Then in February I was still in the queue and in March coronavirus came along and I thought there was no chance.”
In June, Abbie, who works as an office manager for a medical company, got in touch with a national newspaper and three weeks later she heard from the hospital that they could do her surgery in August.
The surgery went ahead and was a success.
Within just days of the surgery Abbie and her partner were able to comfortably have sex again.
Abbie said: “I’m so glad that I can raise awareness of this because, based on the comments, there are a lot of other women out there who have had exactly the same problem.
“I’m just very glad I have a very understanding partner.”
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The George Eliot Hospital has said it cannot comment on individual cases.
Commenting on the delays for surgery, they said: “The well-being and care of our patients is always at the front of our minds and we are taking urgent action to tackle the backlog.
“As well as a new 30-bed ward and operating theatre on our site, we will be moving to seven days a week working in a number of areas in the coming months.
“Following national guidance and strict infection control review, we are now able to open more operating theatres and we will continue to work with the independent sector to treat as many people as we can.
“Clinicians regularly review our waiting list and we advise any patients whose conditions have changed or worsened to seek medical advice and get in touch.”
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