Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support - APOPS




Sherrie Palm is the Founder/President of APOPS, Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support Inc, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit foundation for pelvic organ prolapse, and the award-winning author of Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic, and the Community Leader of the Urogynecology Forum. As a grassroots women's pelvic floor health advocate, she devotes her time to all avenues of establishing recognition of pelvic organ prolapse and providing support pathways for women in various stages of POP.

Sherrie says ‘awareness of pelvic organ prolapse 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. ’

‘To have a health issue that remains in the closet because of embarrassment at this point in history after all we have achieved as women is extremely frustrating. Women need to know that POP is a health issue not a roadblock; APOPS can and will push forward in our goal of taking POP out of the closet once and for all. ALL women need to be familiar with this common, cryptic health issue so they can recognize the signs and symptoms and seek appropriate medical intervention.’

Recently the Dr. Oz show took a brave step in being the first prime time program to address pelvic organ prolapse. It is an initial step in bringing this condition ‘out of the closet’. For those who saw the show, please ignore the advice given on how to do a ‘super set kegel’ – the exercise demonstrated is not a suitable pelvic floor exercise particularly for women with altered lumbopelvic stability.

Visit the APOPS site to read the educational support offered and share with other women.