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Chronic Pelvic Pain Treatment Information
Your IU Health provider will work with you to decide on the best course of treatment for your condition. Available treatments for chronic pelvic pain include the following:
- Pain management. Pain management includes a wide range of topical, injectable and oral medications tailored to the cause(s) of the pain. Due to their side effects and addictive potential, opioid medications are not recommended unless other treatments have been ineffective.
- Physical therapy. The physical therapists at the IU Health are experts in treating your musculoskeletal system (muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and connective tissue). Physical therapists that specialize in women’s health problems that have a musculoskeletal component can safely and effectively treat women who suffer from pelvic pain.
- Counseling. Chronic pain takes a toll on psychological well-being and many patients find counseling or psychotherapy to be helpful. Cognitive-behavioral therapy equips patients with strategies to reframe the pain and decrease the distress it causes.
- Surgery. The most common operation for chronic pelvic pain is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions and aids in diagnosis as well as treatment. Removal of the uterus, and potentially the tubes and ovaries, is highly effective for some causes of chronic pelvic pain, but is not recommended unless the pain can be localized to these organs and non-surgical treatments have failed to provide benefit.
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Chronic Pelvic Pain Support Services
Resources and information for women who experience chronic pelvic pain are available from a variety of organizations.
A Sampling of Chronic Pelvic Pain Support Services
Pelvic Pain Support Network
This patient-led organization seeks to provide support, information and advocacy for those with pelvic pain.
International Pelvic Pain Society
This international organization seeks to educate health professionals how to diagnosis and manage chronic pelvic pain and to bring hope to patients who suffer from chronic pelvic pain.
This organization seeks to find a cure and prevention for endometriosis and to provide education, support and research to those affected.
National Vulvodynia Association
This nonprofit organization seeks to improve the lives of individuals affected by vulvodynia, a spectrum of chronic vulvar pain disorders.
Interstitial Cystitis Association
This organization advocates for research, raises awareness and serves as a central hub for healthcare providers, researchers and the millions of patients who suffer from interstitial cystitis.
American Physical Therapy Association
This professional organization representing physical therapists seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education and research.
The North American Menopause Society
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This is the United State’s government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine.