Women react to receiving a prolapse diagnosis with a range of emotions. Some women aren’t bothered by their diagnosis whereas others say they feel shocked and upset. Common emotions related to living with prolapse include grief, self-blame, poor body image and fear. Many women also say they feel a lack of emotional support owing to the social stigma surrounding prolapse issues.
Staying active is also a source of anxiety for some women living with prolapse. Apprehension about how to exercise, minimise prolapse symptoms and avoid prolapse worsening are common problems. Some women reduce their physical activity levels or stop exercising altogether for fear of making their prolapse worse, thereby foregoing the many physical and emotional benefits that exercise provides.
Most women with prolapse issues can stay physically active by undertaking pelvic floor friendly exercises and activities. Appropriate fitness exercises and activities include low impact exercise, appropriate strength and core training, along with modifying or avoiding inappropriate activities.
Anja’s project ‘POP goes my pelvis’ is an honest and compelling account of her personal experience in dealing with prolapse, along with real world personal prolapse stories generously shared by many other women. The information on this website will help women feel less isolated, better supported and empowered to manage prolapse emotions and improve their quality of life. ‘POP goes my pelvis’ is a progressive move towards dispelling the stigma and mystery that continues to surround prolapse issues.
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