Urology, Florence, SC
Purpose The cause of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) is unknown. A study of men with CPPS was undertaken to attempt to
reduce the number of flareups, as well as treat flare-ups. Trauma to the perineum might be the primary cause of CPPS and protecting the perineum with an inflatable donut cushion while riding rough motor vehicles might
prevent and treat CPPS.
Materials and Methods One hundred four (104) men with CPPS rode on an inflatable donut cushion for 1 year. These men were analyzed with respect to the number of flare-ups of CPPS severe
enough to see a physician in the 12 months immediately before the use of the cushion to the number of flare-ups during the 12 months riding on the donut cushion while riding rough motor vehicles.
104 men in the study had 231 flare-ups during the 12 months before the use of the cushion. The same 104 men had only 57 flare-ups during the 12 months riding on the inflatable donut cushion_a 75% reduction. Of the 104
patients riding the cushion, 63 (61%) had no flare-ups for the entire year. An additional 30 (29%) patients had only one flare-up during the year on the cushion. An impressive 89.4% of the people using the cushion had
one episode or less.
Conclusion Using an inflatable donut cushion while riding rough motor vehicles can dramatically reduce the number of flare-ups and treat flare-ups of CPPS.