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Evaluation of chronic pelvic pain in women

Frank F Tu, MD, MPH
Sawsan As-Sanie, MD, MPH
Section Editor
Howard T Sharp, MD
Deputy Editor
Kristen Eckler, MD, FACOG


Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a symptom that can represent pathology in a specific organ system, a chronic pain syndrome, or both. As women with CPP may have more than one etiology for their pain, goals of the evaluation include identifying treatable causes of pain and differentiating specific peripheral causes from those overlapping with centralized pain syndromes, as the treatments can differ substantially.

This topic will present the evaluation of the adult woman who presents with CPP. Topics on the causes and treatment of CPP in adult women, as well as the evaluation of children and adolescents, are presented separately.

(See "Causes of chronic pelvic pain in women".)

(See "Treatment of chronic pelvic pain in women".)

(See "Chronic abdominal pain in children and adolescents: Approach to the evaluation".)

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