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“I had a pelvic mesh implant without my knowledge”

After a devastating diagnosis, Candia McCullough resolved to help other women in the same situation

I used to be full of life. I loved my parties and socialising, I went to the gym and loved dancing. I was just starting out as an investor after working as a successful clothing manager. Then in 2008, when I was 33, it was all taken away. ‘Back then I had heavy periods. I was told I needed a “very simple hysterectomy”. But when I woke up from the surgery, I was in so much pain I could hardly walk. We were living in France due to my husband’s work; I came back to England so my mum could help me. But my mobility didn’t improve, and on top of that, I was having respiratory issues, allergies and muscular problems. I also started having neurological symptoms and trouble speaking. Then came rashes, visual disturbances, auditory issues and stability problems. I’d often fall, and I contracted sepsis. So many things happened in such a short space of time.’

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Welcome to the September issue of healthy! Our intimate health issue is here! The September edition of healthy seeks to end embarrassment around the topic of ‘down-there’ care and give the answers to the questions you won’t find anywhere else. From updates on endometriosis, to an empowering take on orgasms, we hope that this issue will help you to understand your body better. We’ve got a debate on whether or not watching porn can be healthy, advice on the best choice of contraception for you and tips on how you can balance your vaginal microbiome. Don’t worry – there’s no vaginal steaming and not a jade egg in sight! And that’s not all. In addition to our regular features and expert-led content, we’ve also investigated the health impact of microplastics, written about why we’re loving church hall fitness classes and shared some nutritious breakfast recipes for you to try. Plus, we’ve chatted to inspirational women who are paving the way for eco-friendly beauty. Find all this and more in the new issue of healthy.