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!
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
What is 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!
Find out more about our project >
Why me? Our Stories
Real life stories from active women living with 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 brokenAlmost 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 lifeAs 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 TABOOI 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
POP, PASSION, PURPOSEI 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 forgetIn 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 againMy 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 ProjectI 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 healthI 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 POPI 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
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