A Kiwi mum suffered in silence, unable to return to work for 14 years until she had physio and was able live a normal, pain-free life.
Another woman was unable to have sex with her husband for eight years after giving birth because it was too painful, before she discovered her suffering was treatable.
These are just two of the thousands of disturbing stories pelvic health physiotherapy specialist Melissa Davidson has heard in her 30-year career.
"It's a very rare day if I don't have someone burst into tears because for so long they thought their suffering was normal, that's what they'd been told, they had no idea they could get help. It's a taboo subject so no one talks about it."