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.


A Paruresis-free world. Until then, people with shy bladder will live life to the fullest.


To cure Paruresis (shy bladder) and improve the lives of all people affected.


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


There are currently over 1700 members & friends supporting IPA.

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