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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

The Medical Misadventures of Surgical Mesh

Pelvic Organ Prolapse affects approximately 50% of all women and 30% of female athletes. Yet most of us have never heard of it! It is something people don't talk about.

Anja (right) and friend on top of the world again
Anja (right) and friend on top of the world again

Two of my clients are dealing with pelvic organ prolapse. Anja can manage it without the need for an operation. Renate needed an operation with a surgical mesh implant resulting in complications.

Anja wrote this:

Active and POP! Active women dealing with pelvic organ prolapse (POP)

You might tell a friend over a cup of coffee that you’ve got a sore back, but “Guess what happened, my bladder/uterus/rectum slipped.”?

“I can’t lift my child because…I’ve got an issue down below.”? Not likely!

Despite the impact a pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can have on daily life, it remains under the radar.

POP is a common condition. It affects approximately 50 per cent of women and about 30 per cent of female athletes, some of whom haven’t even given birth. It affects our family, work and social life. And yet, due to its location in the body, an intimate area, it is not talked about!

I love the outdoors. I’m a keen tramper. I do stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and kiteboarding. I feel fit and active. So why me?

That was the question I asked myself when, in July 2019, my uterus unexpectedly slipped lower than it should be.

The experience started me on a new journey. I tried to find answers. If POP was such a common condition as doctors and pelvic physios said, why was it not talked about? How did other women deal with the restrictions that POP had on their daily lives and their sporting activities? The physical, but especially the mental impacts?