Chronic Pelvic Pain Program

Offering Evaluation and Treatment for Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

Some women have pelvic pain symptoms that are difficult to diagnose and treat. Pain in the pelvic area that lasts for six months or longer is called chronic pelvic pain. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of women aged 18 to 50 years have chronic pelvic pain that has lasted for more than one year. Chronic pelvic pain does not discriminate against age or gender; however, it is generally more prevalent in women.

Chronic pelvic pain can disrupt work, physical activity, sexual relations, sleep or family life. It can also affect a woman’s mental and physical health.

Our Approach

At University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center’s Chronic Pelvic Pain Program, we use the biopsychosocial (BPS) model to determine treatment for chronic pelvic pain. BPS attributes disease causes or outcomes to the intricate, variable interaction of biological, psychological and social factors.

Our multidisciplinary team approach takes these influences into consideration when developing your treatment plan. An initial comprehensive consultation includes an appointment with a board-certified gynecologist, a physical therapist and a trained counselor with an in-depth screening, history and physical exam.

Chronic pelvic pain management will vary for each patient. Once the source or sources of the chronic pain have been identified, you will receive an individualized plan of care. Because pelvic pain has a number of causes, finding the source can be a long process. Sometimes no specific cause is found; however, there are still treatments that may help reduce pain. Working together, you and your health care team can find the treatment that works best for you.

Pelvic Pain Treatment

Treatment varies by what the cause is, how intense the pain is and how often the pain occurs. When a cause is known, sometimes pelvic pain is treated with medication or surgery. Pain-relief measures can include medications, physical therapy, nutritional therapy and surgery. Also, because living with chronic pelvic pain can be stressful and upsetting, counseling may be helpful as part of an overall treatment plan. Your health care team can provide more information about various treatments.

Learn More

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 440-988-6884 or 440-329-7310.

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