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.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and why do we need to talk about it?

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

Collecting stories from active women around New Zealand who have experienced a prolapse and gaining feedback from a range of pelvic health physiotherapists resulted in the Active and POP website. Women share their experiences and offer advice on something they thought would never happen to them.

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!

Why me? Our Stories

Real life stories from active women living with Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)

Changing the ‘culture of shame’

The first time I peed myself began as a beautiful day. My first baby was five days old. I was still in the afterglow of a wonderful home birth. After three days at home, I decided to venture out on aRead more

I'm not broken

Almost a year and a half ago, things turned to custard in my life. My son needed major orthopaedic surgery and my beloved dad died of a heart attack. I was devastated. It felt like my worldRead more

Why me?

My third child was about nine months old when my POP appeared. I was 36. My first child was born via emergency C-section. My second labour was long, with episiotomy and tear, “not well stitched”.Read more

My POP inspired me to change my life

As a 30 year old I felt fit – swimming and hiking with my two dogs every day. Things changed rapidly when I became pregnant with my baby. I had awful morning sickness that lasted five months. MyRead more

Let's remove the TABOO

I had my first baby during level 3 lockdown in May 2020. He was a beautiful healthy boy, but my body ended up in not such a healthy state. My labour didn’t go smoothly from the start andRead more


I have always been active. I swam competitively during school and played hockey during my uni days and early twenties. I became a runner in my late twenties after signing up for a run clinic. I ranRead more

2020 - a year I will never forget

In June 2020 I gave birth to my second son. It was an uncomplicated birth – long labour but with a very short pushing phase. Everything seemed fine, no tearing or bleeding like at the birth of myRead more

From multi-sporter to being told I might never run again

My first child came in an 8 pounds 7 ounces rush. It took 3.5 hours from the first niggle of labour to holding a beautiful boy in my arms. On the way he got stuck. Fortunately I had a very skilledRead more

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

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