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Seek a plea of reconsideration allowing board-certified gynecologists to treat male patients who suffer from Pelvic Pain / Pudendal Neuralgia

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On September 12, 2013 the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology ("ABOG") made a changes to their definition of an ABOG-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist.  The ABOG posted on its website a newly stringent and explicit statement of what its members (Doctors/Hospitals) could and could not do with regards to treating male patients.  Except for a few conditions such as sexually transmitted infections and screening for anal cancer, ABOG-certified Gynecologists are now prohibited from treating men for virtually everything else (conditions, diseases, physical disorders etc.).

A major problem with this new 'definition' is that it does not make an exception allowing for Gynecologists to treat male patients who suffer from Pelvic Pain and/or Pudendal Nueralgia. 

This is a massive problem for the thousands of males suffering from Pudendal Neuralgia, as Gynecologists are the type of physicians with the absolute most experience and highest success rates in the treatment for this awful neuropathic condition for both men and women.

Pudendal Neuralgia is an extremely painful and physically limiting neuropathic condition that is caused by inflammation of the pudendal nerve (usually due to the nerve being entrapped by ligaments).  

Typically, Pudendal Neuralgia causes nerve and muscle problems from the waist down to your feet, with the strongest pain symptoms being felt in the pelvic region of the body (i.e. Level 10 pain in the genitals and rectum).   Most often the symptoms from Pudendal Neuralgia result in debilitating pelvic pain syndromes in both men and women.  Research tells us Pudendal Neuralgia is more common in women over men, and therefore over the years, Gynecologists are well known for having developed the most skill and experience in treating this type of unusual pain disorder.  Furthermore, it is common knowledge throughout the pelvic pain community that Gynecologists are the types of physicians with the highest success rates.

However, the ABOG differs, saying that many other types of doctors can treat these ailments in men, which is simply not true.  While there are other Doctors such as Neurologists who offer treatment for men, it well established and known throughout the pelvic pain community that Gynecologists are the types of Doctors who are the most effective in treating this disorder.

This article was recently published on the New York Times explaining the severity of the condition and how this recent ruling by the ABOG affects male patients:

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THE ABOG IS MEETING IN EARLY JANUARY 2014 TO DISCUSS THIS VERY SAME ISSUE AND WE ARE HOPING THEY WILL ADD LANGUAGE IN THER REGULATIONS ALLOWING FOR BOARD CERTIFIED GYNECOLOGISTS TO TREAT MALE PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM PUDENDAL NEURALGIA / PELVIC PAIN.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO FURTHER ADD SUPPORT TO OUR CAUSE IN HOPES THAT THE ABOG WILL ALLOW GYNECOLOGISTS TO TREAT MEN SUFFERING FROM PELVIC PAIN. 

Very literally, our lives depend on it. 

 

 



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