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Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS) is a form of chronic pelvic pain. It is defined by persistent or recurrent chronic pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort perceived to be related to the urinary bladder accompanied by at least one other urinary symptom such as an urgent need to void or urinary frequency. It is diagnosed in the absence of any identifiable pathology which could explain these symptoms. Interstitial cystitis with Hunner lesion has the same symptoms as BPS but it is identified based on cystoscopic findings. Chronic pelvic pain is a complex condition that can have multiple causes. Sometimes a single disorder may be identified as the cause. In other cases, however, pain may be the result of several medical conditions. The most important priority must be to achieve international agreement on terminology, definitions and diagnostic criteria on BPS and differential diagnoses.

We are seeking 5-6 volunteers (including a Chair) to serve on a Writing Group to help establish standardized terminology for Female Bladder Pain Syndrome and to define related terminology. This will be a joint publication with AUGS.

To find out more and to apply to become a member of the Writing Group, click here.

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