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

NICHD/NIH Position Available

November 10, 2020

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking a program officer with research expertise relevant to gynecologic pain syndromes. Click here to view full job description.


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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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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.

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