Relationship of chronic pelvic pain to psychiatric diagnoses and childhood sexual abuse

Am J Psychiatry. 1988 Jan;145(1):75-80. doi: 10.1176/ajp.145.1.75.


Structured psychiatric and sexual abuse interviews were administered to 25 women with chronic pelvic pain and a comparison group of 30 women with specific gynecological conditions. All 55 patients underwent diagnostic laparoscopy, and the results of the fiberoptic pelvic examination were objectively classified by the study gynecologist, who was blind to the psychiatric diagnoses. The patients with chronic pelvic pain showed a significantly higher prevalence of major depression, substance abuse, adult sexual dysfunction, somatization, and history of childhood and adult sexual abuse than the comparison group. There were no significant differences between the groups in severity or type of pelvic pathology.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / diagnosis*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / complications
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / psychology*
  • Pelvis*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis*
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis