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Mission and Membership

The International Paruresis Association (IPA) was founded in 1996 to raise public awareness about paruresis, provide support, and give out the latest information.  Most of IPA’s members and leadership are treatment professionals, people suffering from paruresis or recovering from it, and their loved ones.  Membership is open to anyone touched by paruresis as well as those with an interest in supporting others with paruresis, advocating for their rights, and advancing scientific knowledge about the disorder.

The International Paruresis Association is a non-profit organization under the terms of the US Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).  As such an organization, contributions to IPA are tax-deductible. EIN#06-1509744.


To champion paruresis awareness.


The IPA is dedicated to supporting people with paruresis; providing information, recovery strategies and advocating in the mental health, medical and legal communities.


Integrity, Confidentiality, Compassion, Caring, Understanding, Availability, Respect, Diversity, Teamwork, Continually increasing our knowledge base.


There are currently over 5,000 members and followers of the IPA.

Click here to find out more information about joining the IPA.



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This website is NOT a substitute for medical or legal advice and does not constitute the practice of law, medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work, or any other mental health profession. If you are having trouble urinating, you should always contact a physician since difficulty with voiding can be a symptom of a serious medical condition. We are a group of professional people and people who have suffered with paruresis. We have assembled a board and a board of advisors to help people cope with urinary dysfunction that has a psychological or social origin. On this website, we are NOT practicing medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work or any other mental health profession. You should have your doctor evaluate your condition before diagnosing yourself, and seek the appropriate necessary mental health counseling if warranted. IPA, Inc. disclaims any and all legal liability whatsoever.

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