Conditions We Treat for Women


Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is women is a common symptom, which accounts for up to 30% of visits to a gynecologist, yet it is thought that close to 70% of cases of pelvic pain are not of a gynecological origin. By definition chronic pelvic pain is defined as pain which it is present for 6 months or longer, is localized to pelvis and is severe enough to cause functional disability requiring treatment. It is estimated that chronic pelvic pain affects 15% of women in United States sometime during their lifetime, yet almost 60% of those patients do not have a proper diagnosis (and therefore treatment). This is due to the fact that this pain usually spans more than one specialty, and treatment requires physicians who are specifically trained in chronic pelvic pain. Those statistics are even more staggering because over 20% of women with pelvic pain miss work, close 50% feel depressed and in 90% of women it affects their sexual life. Pain during or complete inability to have intercourse significantly affects personal relations between the patient and her partner and further adds to suffering. Despite the fact that chronic pelvic pain in women is more common than coronary artery disease, asthma or migraine headaches very few physicians specialize in its treatment. Pain is often blamed on psychological issues and patients are often referred to a mental health provider, instead of getting treatment for their true, existing disease.

Multiple conditions may cause pelvic pain and often they coexist together in one patient. Some of the more common conditions are:

  • Endometriosis
  • Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Spastic pelvic floor syndrome
  • Adhesions in the pelvis and abdomen
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Pelvic nerve neuralgias
  • Pain caused by pelvic mesh

Arizona Center for Chronic Pelvic Pain offers comprehensive treatment for those and many other conditions causing pelvic pain.

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