Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women: An Overview


From etiology to treatment, get a quick review of the latest guidance for managing chronic pelvic pain in our new slideshow.

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is common, affecting up to 26% of women worldwide. In the US, the frequency of CPP is approximately 15% and it is twice as common in women as it is in men. Although CPP in women is thought to be related to gynecologic disorders, the origin is nongynecologic in 80% of patients. Musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction are found in 50%-90% of patients with CPP.

Many treatments lack high-quality evidence to support their use, however, there is now a greater understanding of the factors influencing the development of CPP and consensus recommendations are emerging for the evaluation and management of CPP. A new review published in the June issue of JAMA aimed to summarize those guidelines and provides an approach for physicians when treating patients with CPP. In the slides below, find key points from the review that could help in clinical practice.