for females ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at Oakland, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Alison Huang, MD, MAS, MPhil
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Alison Huang



To refine and evaluate the feasibility of procedures for a future full-scale efficacy trial of a group-based therapeutic yoga intervention versus physical conditioning (stretching and strengthening) intervention for women with chronic pelvic pain.

Official Title

A Feasibility Trial of a Group Based Yoga Intervention for Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women


Pelvic Pain Chronic Pelvic Pain Recurrent Pelvic Pain Yoga Program Physical Conditioning Program


You can join if…

Open to females ages 18 years and up

  • Women aged 18 years or older who report chronic or recurrent pelvic pain for at least 6 months
  • Report an average daily pain intensity score of at least 4 (on a 0 to 10 scale) on a screening 7-day pain log
  • Report prior clinical evaluation of pain by a healthcare professional including at least a superficial pelvic exam
  • Willing to refrain from initiating new clinical treatments that may affect their pain during the study period

You CAN'T join if...

  • Report pelvic pain occurring exclusively with menses or exclusively during sexual intercourse (note that women with at least some pain between menses or intercourse are still eligible)
  • Participation in organized yoga classes or muscle strengthening programs (e.g., Pilates) in the past month, or prior yoga therapy specifically directed a pelvic pain
  • Currently pregnant (by self-report or screening test), pregnant within the past 6 months, or planning pregnancy
  • Diagnosed with an alternate, reversible cause of pain that is unlikely to respond to yoga and requires another treatment modality (e.g., current pelvic infection or a gynecologic dermatosis)
  • Initiation, dose escalation, or weaning of pharmacologic agents that may affect pelvic pain severity in the past 1 month (e.g., pain medications, antidepressants, anticonvulsants)-note that women on stable doses will be eligible
  • Surgery to the genital or pelvic structures within 3 months, or prior cancer or irradiation to these structures
  • Use of formal psychological therapies specifically for pelvic pain (e.g., systematic desensitization, sex therapy, cognitive therapy, relaxation therapy) within 1 month of screening
  • Use of formal behavioral therapies for pelvic or genital pain (e.g., pelvic floor rehabilitation or biofeedback performed by a certified healthcare practitioner) within 1 month of screening
  • Unable to walk up a flight of stairs or at least 2 blocks on level ground (i.e., functional capacity < 4 METs), or unable to get up from a supine to a standing position without assistance
  • Participation in another interventional study that might interfere with or confound study procedures
  • Known conflict with multiple available intervention class dates
  • Inability to sign an informed consent or fill out questionnaires or complete study interviews in English, or lacking technical requirements to complete intervention classes or study visits by video


  • University of California, San Francisco accepting new patients
    Oakland California 94612 United States
  • University of California, San Francisco not yet accepting patients
    San Francisco California 94925 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Alison Huang, MD, MAS, MPhil
    Dr. Alison Huang is an internal medicine physician, clinical epidemiologist, and clinical trialist at the University of California San Francisco. Her research focuses on advancing understanding and improving management of the impact of aging on women's health, including urinary and sexual health.


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