About IPPS...

Professionals 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:

  • Serves as an educational resource for health care professionals and patients
  • Promotes multi-disciplinary and biopsychosocial approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of CPP
  • Promotes research and dissemination of research findings

IPPS Responds to the Bankrupty of APS

August 15, 2019

IPPS Responds to Inquiries About the Recent American Pain Society (APS) Bankruptcy

The IPPS Board of Directors would like to express its sadness that APS has filed for dissolution via Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.




The IPPS Board of Directors would like to express its sadness that APS has filed for dissolution via Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. In light of the fact that APS was a chapter of IASP and that IASP also serves as the management company for IPPS we are taking this opportunity to clarify IPPS’ status and independence.

Regarding the relationship between APS and IASP, you can read IASP’s statement about APS here. All IASP chapters have independent governance, legal and financial structures from IASP and as a result, any chapter’s financial or legal issues have no impact on IASP.

In 2018 IPPS engaged IASP to provide management services for IPPS, however, the IPPS is an independent, autonomous organization and has independent governance, legal and financial structure from IASP.IPPS has strong reserves and is fiscally sound. Furthermore, IPPS revenue is derived from membership dues and annual conference revenue with very little support from any industry.

IPPS has always been a strong advocate for multi-modal, inter-disciplinary and integrated management of chronic pain. We advocate for pain research, for provider and patient education and for improved access to care. As long as we have support from our members we will continue this important work.

Everyone has an experience of gender, not only transgender and gender diverse folks. For cisgender people, too, gender can shift and be extremely nuanced. When a person identifies as cisgender it means that their gender identity corresponds to gender norms associated with the sex that they were assigned at birth, for example, a person who was assigned male at birth and identifies as a man. Transgender or ‘Trans’ is an umbrella term to describe the many ways that people identify and experience gender that differs from societal norms regarding gender and gender identity.


Georgine, Lamvu, MD, MPH 
IPPS, Board Chair




 

Posted by IPPS Admin on August 15, 2019, 12:00AM

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2019 Recipients

Alexander Wang, MD
IPPS Resident Scholarship (300)

2017 Recipients

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

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