Pelvic organ prolapse physiotherapy (POPPY)
Helena Frawley, Margaret Sherburn, Suzanne Hagen, Mary Galea
With a prevalence of up to 50% in women over 40 years and up to 75% in women attending gynaecology clinics 1, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is considered a major health issue. Symptoms of POP impact significantly on quality of life for women, affecting physical health and well-being, ability to exercise and personal relationships. In the absence of rigorous evidence for the effectiveness of conservative management 2, surgery is currently the first line treatment for POP, but is not always successful. There is a clear imperative for effective, low-risk, low-cost treatment strategies for POP.