Engaged in Pain Management for People of All Gender Identities
In 1995 a group of
physicians met to discuss their common interest in addressing a gap in chronic
pelvic pain research, diagnostics, support and treatment. After two years, the International
Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) was incorporated to serve as a forum for
professional and public education. Since then, the IPPS has grown to
include gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, PM&R physicians, physical and occupational therapists,
psychologists, social workers and other health professionals committed to a
biopsychosocial and interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of conditions
associated with chronic pelvic pain.
Chronic pelvic pain (CPP)
negatively affects millions of people across the gender identity spectrum
throughout the world. CPP can impact a person’s physical, emotional,
social and material well-being. There are many biopsychosocial
contributors to pelvic pain and healthcare providers need special skills in
physical examination and history taking in order to better evaluate and treat
patients with this type of pain. Often, conventional medical and surgical
treatments are ineffective, however, a range of new medical, surgical and
mind-body therapies are available to help improve the lives of individuals
living with CPP.
Please join us in our
mission to provide the highest standard of care for individuals across the
gender spectrum who are living with chronic pelvic pain. With your help,
we can continue to advance access to quality care and work with patients to
support them with their health-related goals.
In addition to promoting excellence in care IPPS, members receive additional benefits
including a quarterly newsletter, regular research updates, annual meeting
discounts, access to a network of providers and other benefits designed to
enhance education, practice and research.
Our primary goal is to recruit, organize and educate healthcare
professionals actively involved in the treatment of patients who have chronic
pelvic pain. To achieve this goal, our society:
The NVA is requesting research proposals on (i) potential causes of vulvodynia and (ii) promising treatments for vulvodynia. Grant amounts range from $30,000 to $50,000. If you choose to submit a treatment study, we encourage you to collaborate with a clinical researcher at another institution to facilitate enrollment. Grants for treatment studies are typically close to $50,000, but we can increase that amount for multi-site studies.
If you are interested in applying, please send an email to Phyllis Mate (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, August 16, 2021 that includes a brief (1-2 paragraph) summary of your proposed study's design and objectives. Once your information is submitted, you will received an email with a full application to complete and submit by Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
Applications must provide confirmation that all funds will be applied to direct research costs, not institutional costs. If you've previously applied and/or received grant support from the NVA, you are still eligible to apply. Summaries of studies that NVA has funded to date can be viewed on NVA's web site.
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International Pelvic Pain Society
Alexander Wang, MD
IPPS Resident Scholarship (300)
Sara R Till, MD, MPH
IPPS Research Development Grant (10,000)
Chensi Ouyang, MD
Fred Howard Early Investigator Award (2,000)
Charlotte Pham, DO
IPPS Resident Scholarship in Pelvic Pain Education
Jorge F. Carrillo, MD
IPPS ASPE Education Award
Review application requirements and apply for membership. Learn about the benefits of becoming an International Pelvic Pain Society member. Download our International Pelvic Pain Society membership brochure to learn more.