You're Not Alone


Avoidant Paruresis is not something you have to live with by yourself, overcome alone, or be embarrassed about. We're here to SHARE your problems and your success.



Recent studies show that about 21 million Americans (220 million worldwide), may suffer from this social anxiety disorder. We're here to HELP. You're in the RIGHT PLACE.



The IPA sponsors WORKSHOPS and SUPPORT GROUPS worldwide, offers information on DRUG THERAPY and hosts a useful and friendly DISCUSSION FORUM online.


The International Paruresis Association

Pee-Shy, Shy-Bladder, Bashful Bladder

This site is provided as a resource for people who find it difficult or impossible to urinate in the presence of others, either in their own home or in public facilities. Also, for people who have difficulty under the stress of time pressure, when being observed, when others are close by and might hear them, or when traveling on moving vehicles.


Find a Pee Partner. We currently have a list of over 80 US and International Support Groups. Support Groups typically meet monthly for practice sessions and/or to share stories and experiences.

Click on the link below to find a support group in your area. 



A workshop is a safe, structured program to help you begin to recover from paruresis. Much of what happens involves relearning how to urinate in the presence of others. Many people report that they were nervous before the workshop and quite reluctant to sign up, but after the first few hours wondered why they hadn’t sought help for their Paruresis earlier.


RESOURCES contains numerous resources including articles, general information, facts, frequently asked questions, treatment information, research results, news and press, advocacies, and how to get involved by joining, donating or volunteering.

In order to find out more, click on the Resources link in the navigation menu above or:



The IPA Talk Forum is a place where you can read or join online conversations including Talk About It, Video Links, Links and Books, Breath Holding & Catheters, Announcements, Urology Matters & Pelvic Floor, Drug Testing, Recommend Urologists and Therapists, Family & Friends, How to find affordable health care, Polls & Best of Boards, Shy Bladder Friendly Employers, and more.



The International Paruresis Association is currently looking for qualified volunteers in the following areas. Publications Writer, A writer who can prepare educational materials on paruresis for public outreach. Restroom Design Advocate This person will work people to develop standards for improved restroom design. Fundraising As a fundraising specialist, you will help IPA find funding sources to carry out its initiatives.



The International Paruresis Association, Inc. (IPA) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1996 to help those afflicted with and affected by this social phobia.

Operated by a small group of professionals and primarily staffed by volunteers, we have already helped thousands of men and women realize a difference in their lives though our workshops, newsletters, web sites, counseling sessions, research and outreach.



The IPA needs help in the form of donations. Can you Contribute?

Maybe you’ve said to yourself in the past: “I’d pay any amount (maybe $10,000?!) if someone could help me with this condition”…. Well, now some people have come forward to help you, and they are not asking for what you may have previously been willing to pay. Your donation of $50.00 or more goes directly to pay for mailings, information packets, administrative help and other costs. Will you help?

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