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Table 3 The overall theme “being irreparably damaged” with four categories and additional sub-categories

From: Online reported women’s experiences of symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse after vaginal birth

Sub-categories Categories Theme
Not knowing their body Taken by surprise Being irreparably damaged
Not being warned
Being dysfunctional Restricted life
Having constant discomfort
Being non-sexual
Worry about worsening
Lack of information Neglected by healthcare
Being trivialized  
Distorted body-image Psychological intrusion
Being mentally broken