Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain

Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Sep;60(3):524-530. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000299.


The management of chronic pelvic pain poses a significant challenge to both physicians and patients. Patients should be evaluated for both gynecologic and nongynecologic conditions, and >1 source may be identified. Treatment involves medical as well as surgical options, and it is important to set realistic goals with patients. Treatment may not be curative, but should improve the patient's quality of life.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Chronic Disease
  • Chronic Pain / etiology*
  • Cystitis, Interstitial / complications*
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / complications
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / complications
  • Pelvic Pain / diagnostic imaging
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology*
  • Pelvic Pain / therapy*
  • Quality of Life
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Hormones