Chronic Pelvic Pain
(Pelvic Pain, Chronic)
- Female reproductive organs
|Male Pelvis Organs|
|Includes bladder, prostate (under bladder), and the colon.|
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- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Pain when ovulating
- Menstrual pain
- Pelvic congestion syndrome
Female Pelvis Organs From left to right: the bladder, uterus, and colon. Nerves are shown in yellow. © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- Cesarean section
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Constant pain or dull ache in pelvic area
- Burning, shooting pain
- Rectal urgency
- Pain that comes and goes
- Pain that ranges from mild to severe
- Pain with certain activities
- Pain with prolonged sitting
- Blood and urine tests
- Cultures and swabs
- Tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Antibiotics if an infection is present or possible
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain and reduce inflammation
- Prescription pain medication
- Antiseizure medications
- Birth control pills
- Relaxation therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) therapy
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
The International Pelvic Pain Society http://www.pelvicpain.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
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Chronic pelvic pain. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq099.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130611T1540053024. Published August 2011. Accessed June 4, 2015.
Chronic pelvic pain. The International Pelvic Pain Society website. Available at: http://www.pelvicpain.org/docs/patients/Patient-Education-Brochure.aspx. Accessed June 18, 2014.
Chronic pelvic pain in women. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 17, 2015. Accessed June 4, 2015.
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 12, 2015. Accessed June 4, 2015.
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5/18/2015 DynaMed Systematic Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Zhang R, Chomistek AK, et al. Physical activity and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Apr;47(4):757-764.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/18/2015 -
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