International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS)
The International Pelvic Pain Society was established in 1996 with two primary objectives:
- To educate health care professionals on 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.
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. For 2017, IPPS is responsible for organizing the 3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain, on Wednesday, October 11 – Sunday, October 15, 2017. The location will be Renaissance Washington DC. The conference will be held in parallel to the IPPS Annual Fall Meeting. For more information, visit the IPPS website.
Convergences in PelviPerineal Pain (Convergences PP)
Convergences PP is not a scientific society with members but a federation, the emanation of different French scientific societies concerned with chronic pelvic perineal pain. It is administered by representatives of societies of Urology (AFU), pain (SFETD), gynecology (CNGOF) and pelvic surgery (CTIS), coloproctology (SNFCP), pelviperineology (SIFUD -PP) physiotherapy and rehabilitation (SOFMER), sexology and sexual health (SF3S), dermatology and vulvar pathology (REV), perineal rehabilitation (SIREPP).
Convergences PP notably organizes a multidisciplinary meeting open to the international, in collaboration with other international societies such as GIS IASP (Pugo became APP).
The SIG on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain (AAP)
The SIG on AAP aims to:
- Provide a forum for members to engage in discussion on the diagnosis and management of pain perceived in the abdominal and pelvic areas.
- Promote a multidisciplinary approach to patients with abdominal and pelvic pain. Including the development of global guidelines in which pain, its associated distress, physical disability and associated disorders are the central subject, independent of the medical specialties (e.g. urology, gynecology and gastro-enterology)
- Provide guidance for training in pain management in abdominal and pelvic pain and for clinics that deliver this management.
- Disseminate up-to-date knowledge of abdominal and pelvic pain by setting up educational programs for patients and caregivers.
- Implement modern systems (e.g. web-based maps) to propagate the guidelines for daily use in patient care.
- Support and develop educational initiatives (including meetings) to disseminate the issues around these pains to a broader audience.
For more information, see AAP website.