Sherrie J. Palm, author of the award-winning book Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic and the founder/president of APOPS, the Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support, is appearing on the PBS program “Second Opinion.” Check local PBS listings in your area for the airing date.
Palm describes Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) as a “silent epidemic” that can masquerade as incontinence, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and a host of other female health conditions. Many women suffer needlessly from POP due to the embarrassment of discussing their symptoms with doctors and other health care providers.
The highly acclaimed medical program “Second Opinion” features Palm along with leaders in the fields of urogynecology, gynecology, physical therapy and primary care. The show is hosted by the Emmy Award-winning health and science correspondent and intensive care practitioner Dr. Peter Salgo.
Other events on the horizon for APOPS include the Global Squeeze Please Ride that will take place on June 16, 2012, for both women and men motorcycle riders. “Squeeze Please” refers to Kegel exercises. Runs or walks are not advised for women with POP. Organizers around the country wishing to sponsor events should check one of the websites above.
The APOPS Western Caribbean Carnival Cruise is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2012. The week-long cruise will include a full-day seminar with experts in different aspects of the field.
Palm’s book Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic discusses POP, a health issue that half of all childbearing women will experience. There are more than 300,000 surgeries for POP annually. Due to various causes such as vaginal childbirth, menopause, heavy lifting, athletic running without internal support, as well as other causes, a woman’s pelvic organs can shift or drop. In addition neuromuscular conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Marfans, joint hypermobility, and diabetes can be contributing factors. POP leads to some painful and embarrassing symptoms, and can also impact a woman’s sexuality.
Pelvic organ prolapse condition has probably always existed, but has received little press or public acknowledgement. Palm’s book provides health awareness. She believes that knowledge of POP prior to pregnancy is pivotal so women can recognize signs and symptoms to seek early, less aggressive treatment.