Knowledge of Pelvic Organ Prolapse can only occur when we share what we know with others. It is my hope that as we continue to do what women do best-network, guide, and provide support for each other-POP will soon become common knowledge.
Mukwonago, WI (PRWEB) September 15, 2010
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is a condition that can masquerade as many other conditions. POP is frequently as misdiagnosed as irritable bowel, incontinence, constipation and a host of other conditions.In addition, Multiple Scerolsis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and Diabetes can be contributing factors to Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Many women suffer needlessly from Pelvic Organ Prolapse due to the fact that they are simply too embarrassed to discuss their symptoms with doctors and other health care providers. Sherrie Palm, a grassroots women’s pelvic floor health advocate and author of Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic, intends to spread a message of hope to those who suffer needlessly from POP through the POP Awareness Campaign.
The PC muscle (pelvic floor) supports organs/tissues in the female pelvic cavity. As it weakens or sustains damage, the organs shift and can cause 5 different types of POP. Women can have more than one type and there are 4 levels of severity. Millions of women worldwide suffer with this and 300,000 surgeries are performed annually in US alone, yet most women have never heard of it until they are diagnosed. Half of all women over 50 have at least one of the 5 types of POP, however the condition also affects women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.
“Pelvic Organ Prolapse, stated Sherrie Palm, founder of the Association For Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support, “is not an American women’s health issue; it is a global women’s health issue. APOPS provides support, guidance, and education for women in all stages of POP. We hope to change the awareness curve so that all women become familiar with the symptoms of POP at a much younger age. This will increase detection of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and women who recognize the signs can seek earlier, less aggressive treatment.”
Pelvic Organ Prolapse facts:
- Millions of women worldwide suffer with POP. 300,000 surgeries are performed annually in US alone, yet most women have never heard of it until they are diagnosed.
- Half of all women over 50 have at least 1 of the 5 types of POP but the condition can affect any woman of childbearing age.
- Vaginal childbirth is the leading cause, followed by menopause and numerous other common causes.
- Though the condition has been around for thousands of years, women often suffer in silence with embarrassing symptoms, as they are not aware the condition exists.
- POP impacts women physically, emotionally, sexually, socially, and financially.
The Association For Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support (APOPS) is the first live, local support network initiated for women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Women can now connect with other women in locations around the world to compare notes on symptoms they are experiencing and treatment options. APOPS is currently seeking local support group leaders. Interested parties may contact Ms. Palm using the contact information below. A detailed, no charge download detailing the symptoms of POP is available at Ms. Palm’s website at http://www.SherriePalm.com.
“Awareness of pelvic organ prolapse,” continued Ms. Palm, “can only occur when we share what we know with others. Women keep their symptoms to themselves because of embarrassment; once the causes and symptoms of POP become common knowledge, they will feel more comfortable approaching their physicians when they experience indicators of POP. Knowledge is power. It is my hope that as we continue to do what women do best-network, guide, and provide support for each other-POP will soon become common knowledge.”
Association For Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support (APOPS)
Sherrie Palm - Founder
8225 State Rd. 83
Mukwonago, WI 53149