Chronic Pelvic Pain

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