Chronic pelvic pain is pelvic pain which lasts 6 months or longer. Chronic pain may either come and go or be continuous. Chronic pelvic pain rarely follows a normal period. It can occur during menstruation, for example. This may also occur only at other occasions, e.g. before or after eating, during urination, or during sexual intercourse.
A variety of conditions may be causing chronic pelvic pain. Some of these disorders do not have to do with reproductive organs, but with the urinary tract or the intestines. Some women have more than one disorder which may be causing their discomfort. Sometimes no cause is known for some women with chronic pelvic pain.
The goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. We will find a specific cause, and hence treatment will be focussed on that cause. However, if a cause can't be identified, treatment will be focussed on managing your pain and other symptoms. For many women, the optimal approach involves a combination of treatments.
Some of the following imaging tests may be performed