Mission Statement

The International Pelvic Pain Society was established in 1996 with two primary objectives:

  • To educate health care professionals how to diagnose and manage chronic pelvic pain, thereby changing the lives of patients worldwide.
  • To bring hope to men and women who suffer from chronic pelvic pain by significantly raising public awareness and impacting individual lives.

Professionals Engaged in Pain Management for Men and Women

In 1995 a group of physicians met to discuss their common interest in treating one of the most difficult of clinical problems, chronic pelvic pain. From the beginning, gynecologists, urologists, physical therapists, psychologists and other health professionals have been committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of chronic pelvic pain. After two years, the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) was incorporated to serve as a forum for professional and public education.

Chronic pelvic pain affects millions of men and women. Their inability to fulfill roles of parent, spouse, or career brings them to seek medical help. Many will not respond to conventional medical or surgical treatment. Special skill in physical examination and history taking is necessary to uncover all sources of the patient's pain. New surgical and medical therapies are available which may offer hope for these long-suffering women and men.

Please join us in educating ourselves to care for these men and women. With your help, we can provide more relief and a more normal lifestyle for our patients. Members will receive a quarterly newsletter and an annual meeting discount.

Our Long Range Goals Are:

  • To serve as an educational resource for health care professionals.
  • To optimize diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from chronic pelvic pain.
  • To collate research in chronic pelvic pain.
  • To inform men and women, to serve as a resource of education for treatment options and professional health care Members.

Our Short Range Goal Is To:

Recruit, organize, and educate health care professionals actively involved with the treatment of patients who have chronic pelvic pain.