Despite the challenges of 2020, the 23rd International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) was successfully conducted in a virtual format. The 2020 annual meeting program was adapted to overcome the challenges of the COVID pandemic while still promoting interdisciplinary education and collaboration. In the end, more than 200 clinicians, researchers, and educators from all over the world converged virtually to share new research and clinical best practices for the management of persistent pelvic pain disorders.
The 2020 meeting showcased several notable presentations. Investigators from Northwestern University described a novel way of characterizing dysmenorrhea using transvaginal ultrasound, while researchers from Turkey presented some of the first reports on the prevalence of dysmenorrhea and premenstrual syndrome for that country. As expected, the use of telehealth to manage pelvic pain during the COVID pandemic was the focus of several posters. Other unique topics included the Cannabis use for the management of chronic pelvic pain and a report on the prevalence of pelvic muscle dysfunction in women who are undergoing surgery for Endometriosis. The variety of the presentations reflects the multi-factorial nature of chronic pelvic pain in women and several investigators described inter-disciplinary models for managing this type of pain.