While APOPS provides guidance and support structures for women diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse, it is imperative to network with and nurture relationships with forward thinking and acting clinician structures such as Mediterranean Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Society (MIPS) for the betterment of pelvic organ prolapse understanding.
“Pelvic organ prolapse is not an American women’s health concern, it is a global women’s health pandemic” ~ Sherrie Palm | APOPS Founder and Executive Director
Letter from APOPS Founder
From the beginning of this journey, I knew I wanted to connect with women on a deeper level about the impact POP has on all of our lives. Those of us who have already been diagnosed and treated for POP understand the distress women who are newly diagnosed are going through. In the beginning it can be frustrating to dissect the information available; is the data we have access to accurate, which information applies to us personally, are treatments or surgery the best path. It takes a bit of time to figure out the right course to take. My vision for APOPS is simple-women who are a bit further down the path of POP awareness connecting with women who are newly diagnosed. Together we will find the information that will assist our paths. Together we will guide, support, and nurture. Together we will shift the awareness curve by passing the information we gain on to the younger generation.
I have no doubt that with the strength and determination women bring to the table, we will change the mindset of the world at large regarding pelvic organ prolapse from a common female health concern that gets little acknowledgement to a widely recognized condition that is addressed in terms of prevention, early recognition for less aggressive treatment, and maintenance for continuing quality of life. With your help, we can change the world.
My continuing gratitude to you all!
Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support (APOPS) is a US based international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in September 2010 by Sherrie Palm. APOPS is a global initiative founded to generate awareness of pelvic organ prolapse (POP), to provide support and guidance to women navigating the physical, emotional, social, and sexual impact of POP, and to bridge healthcare, industry, academia, and research for the betterment of POP understanding and evolution. It is estimated one third and one half the female population experience pelvic organ prolapse, yet POP remains shrouded in silence despite medical records dating back over 4000 years. Like most women, Sherrie Palm experienced discovery upon diagnosis, leading her to write her book Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic, a tool to assist other women navigating the condition. Recognizing the need to galvanize all those engaged in the POP arena, Sherrie founded APOPS to provide a gateway for all engaged in the POP dynamic to generate forward momentum.