Chronic pelvic pain is persistent pain in the lower abdominal and/or the vulva, vagina or perineum that lasts for more than 6 months.
There are many possible causes of chronic pelvic pain; it can be a symptom of another underlying disease or a condition on its own. It is often not possible to identify a single cause of pain; therefore, a multidisciplinary approach is necessary, with treatment focusing on reducing your pain and other symptoms.
Causes of pelvic pain
- Pain can result from structural and non structural causes
- Structural causes would include for example chronic anal fissures, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and pelvic congestion syndrome
- Non structural causes would include for example;
- Proctalgia fugax, levator ani syndrome
- Chronic prostatitis, interstitial cysitis