Active women dealing with Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse affects approximately 50% of all women and 30% of female athletes. Yet most of us have never heard of it!

So we decided to talk about it!

Active women pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)


What is POP, and why do we need to talk about it?


If you start researching Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), one fact you will learn is that it is more common than you may realise. POP affects approximately 50% of all women and 30% of female athletes. Nearly one in two women are affected by POP – maybe your mother, sister, wife, partner, daughter, or even you. Yet most of us get caught by surprise when a pelvic organ prolapse happens because most of us have never heard of it before! 

Over the last 12 months, I've been in contact with a range of pelvic physios, as well as active women around New Zealand who have experienced a prolapse. The response was overwhelming; women told their stories, shared their experiences, and offered advice on something they thought would never happen to them.

The result of our collaboration is the Active and POP website. 

Together, we talk about POP to raise awareness and remove the stigma. We provide links to helpful resources. Most importantly, we want you to know that you are not alone and that you can live an active life again.

Find out more about our project >

Why me? Our Stories

Real life stories from active women living with POP

POP goes my pelvis and the POP Project

I love the outdoors. I’m a keen tramper. I enjoy stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and surfing, kiteboarding, sailing. I run bush skills courses for women. I can spend hours working in the garden. I feRead more

Keeping active for physical and mental health

I was 35 years old and three weeks postpartum after my first baby when (after lots of googling with few answers) I went to a GP thinking I had a prolapse. This was because I had looked at my bitsRead more

My journey with POP

I am 50 years old with three children.  I have had issues with a weak pelvic floor for years. When my kids were tiny, I did a few Kegel exercises, but never progressed on from that. When myRead more

Navigating the shame and empowerment

I am a 34-year-old kiwi physiotherapist, and have always been active with netball, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, and adventure racing. I have three children who were born when I was 26, 28Read more

A recreational tramper, cyclist and kayaker

Three years ago we climbed Rainbow Mountain and when I got home I discovered I had prolapsed. The vagina felt uncomfortable and my uterus was protruding externally. We were booked for four weeks ofRead more

My POP Shock

I am 39 and currently pregnant with my third child. I was diagnosed with stage two anterior, posterior, and apical prolapse when I was 35. At the time of my diagnosis I was working as a musculoskeleRead more

How shame, pain and fear held me back from healing

The birth of my second child was as fast and full on as her personality is now. She came out entangled in the cord, blue and wonderfully brand new. My body took its time to heal the tears and moveRead more

POP doesn’t have to prevent you being active

I’m an active woman of 65, who tramps, cycles, swims, dances and does yoga, and have been living with pelvic organ prolapse for four years. It started when, as well as my usual walking, swimming, Read more

3 x POPS!

I had never heard about pelvic organ prolapse before experiencing my first one. A second and third followed, one of each type!  Prolapse 1 – uterus The birth of my second child, a boy, wasRead more

Staying active!

My moment of awareness of POP came as a huge surprise during a shower on my return home from hospital following the birth of my first child.  What on earth was this… was I laying an egg?! This wRead more

Exercise for mental health

The following is my story to date after being diagnosed with a rectocele and cystocele in June 2020. I was 49 years old. I was diagnosed in June with POP by a doctor in my local surgery at an afterRead more

Racing to the top and – POP!

My daughter was born in 1983. Longish second stage, no stitches, but immediate leakage on running across Cathedral Square Christchurch to pick up photos of her when she was just a few days old. I wasRead more

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