Beaumont offers support group for women with pelvic pain

Beaumont is offering a new monthly support group for women with chronic pelvic pain, including interstitial cystitis, starting May 2. The meetings will emphasize the importance of actively coping with pain and urogenital problems in an atmosphere of care and support.

Thursday, May 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

Administration Building - Auditorium

3711 W. Thirteen Mile Road

Royal Oak, MI 48073

Fee: FREE. Call 248-898-0898 for more information or to register.
Registration requested by Monday, April 29.
Free parking is available in the South Entrance or in the Patient / Visitor parking deck.

The Women's Urology Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, is offering a new monthly support program called "Women Coping" for women with chronic pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis and vulvar pain. The program will help participants seek coping solutions with the support of the other women in the group, facilitated by Janice Tomakowsky, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, Women's Urology Center. The program kick off is Thursday, May 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium at Beaumont, Royal Oak.

Six million women in the United States have chronic pelvic pain, according to the Society for Women's Health Research. Pelvic pain is considered chronic when it occurs for more than six months.

The inaugural event will feature a presentation by Kenneth M. Peters, M.D., chief of Urology and director of the Women's Urology Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, highlighting current thinking about pelvic pain, uro-genital problems and state-of-the-art treatments. Dr. Tomakowsky will provide an overview of how the support group will run and will facilitate a support group discussion.

"This new group will focus on helping women cope actively with their pelvic pain and related problems, combining a solution-focused approach with the support and sharing of other women who face similar problems," says Dr. Tomakowsky. Dr. Tomakowsky has extensive experience working with women who have chronic pain.

Subsequent meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month.

The support group is free. Registration is required by April 29. To register, call Beaumont Women's Urology Center at 248-898-0898.

The Women's Urology Center is internationally known for its leading edge treatments by a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to serving women with urologic and pelvic pain concerns. Opened in 2010, this unique specialized women's urology center is staffed by board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians, a psychologist, pelvic floor physical therapists, integrative medicine practitioners and a nurse practitioner who specialize in evaluating and treating: urinary frequency or urgency, urinary incontinence, interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome, unexplained pelvic pain, vulvar pain, sexual problems or pain associated with sex and post-cancer treatment for vaginal discomfort or dryness. Beaumont's Urology department is nationally renowned for research and innovation.

Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital regional health system with 1,726 licensed beds, more than 14,000 full-time equivalent employees and nearly 3,100 physicians, including 500 employed physicians in the Beaumont Medical Group and more than 2,600 private-practice physicians. In addition to its hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe, Beaumont has 54 community-based sites of care including medical centers in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, family practice and internal medicine practices, five nursing centers, home care services and hospice. The Beaumont Research Institute has 1,100 active research studies with more than 82,000 participants. Beaumont is the exclusive clinical teaching site for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Visit Beaumont on the Web at www.beaumont.edu.