PLEASE UNDERSTAND:  The Interstitial Cystitis Guide For Partners
Co-Authored by Molly Glidden along with Gaye Sandler and their husbands 

PLEASE UNDERSTAND is a powerful and sensitive book filled with heartfelt stories about ‘Sex and Intimacy’.  If you're an IC or CPP Patient not getting the support or understanding from those closest to you, PLEASE UNDERSTAND is a book for all family members. Simply written with heartfelt stories told by partners and loved ones. Great information for all to read! 

This book is available at a discount price by e-mailing


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Most women, at some time in their lives, experience chronic painful pelvic and urological health conditions. When the condition persists for longer than 3 months, it is called chronic pelvic pain (CPP). This is a poorly-understood condition that likely represents abnormal neurological function, either in the peripheral nervous system or central nervous system.

Chronic pelvic pain is pain in your pelvic region, which is the area below your belly button and above your hips that lasts for at least 6 months. The pain may be a steady or it may come and go. It can feel like a dull ache, or it can be sharp. The pain may be mild, or it may be bad enough to interfere with normal daily activities.

Possible chronic painful pelvic and urological health conditions include:

  • three_womenEndometriosis

  • Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • Pudendal Neuropathy

  • Vulvar Vestibulitis

  • Vulvodynia

P.U.R.E. H.O.P.E. is the only national non-profit organization that focuses on chronic painful pelvic health and painful bladder conditions.


PURE HOPE's Medical Advisory Board Chair, Sophie G. Fletcher, M.D., and Elena Ruocco, MSN, RN, FNP-BC at Methodist Urology are hosting the following event:


Female Pelvic Health Meeting: The Team Approach on February 9, 2013 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Cindy Sinclair, President of PURE HOPE is proud to announce the following changes to the organization effective January 1, 2011:

Peter M. Lotze, M.D., Urogynecology Specialist at Women's Pelvic Health & Continence Center has been elected to the position of Vice-President on the Board of Directors.

Phillip C. Phan, M.D., Pain Management Specialist at Houston Pain Associates has been elected as the 2011 - 2012 Medical Advisory Board Chairperson.

Sophie G. Fletcher, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Methodist Urology has been elected as the 2011 - 2012 Medical Advisory Board Vice-Chairperson.

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