Chronic pelvic pain

What's the scoop?

 

Chronic pelvic pain, or CPP, is a symptom that can be present for varying underlying conditions. CPP is most generally defined as persistent pain in the pelvic region that has lasted for more than 3 months and is not associated to pregnancy.

 

Within the definition, the pain can happen in bursts or it can be constant, but it can not be related to a woman's period cycle, i.e. ocurring during ovulation (mid cycle) every month.

 

It is much more common for women to experience CPP then men, and it is has been reported that between 6-25% of women who still have their periods have CPP.

 

What causes it?

 

The most common underlying causes of CPP include

  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • scar tissue
  • trouble with bones and joints in the area
  • endometriosis

 

 

In addition, if you are experiencing trouble in one organ, such as the bowel with IBS, it is likely it will disrupt another organ, such as the uterus. If you're experiencing chronic pain, it is always good to get checked by a doctor to make sure it isn't life threatening.

 

 

What's the scoop?

 

Chronic pelvic pain, or CPP, is a symptom that can be present for varying underlying conditions. CPP is most generally defined as persistent pain in the pelvic region that has lasted for more than 3 months and is not associated to pregnancy.

 

Within the definition, the pain can happen in bursts or it can be constant, but it can not be related to a woman's period cycle, i.e. ocurring during ovulation (mid cycle) every month.

 

It is much more common for women to experience CPP then men, and it is has been reported that between 6-25% of women who still have their periods have CPP.

Chronic pelvic pain

 

What causes it?

 

The most common underlying causes of CPP include

  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • scar tissue
  • trouble with bones and joints in the area
  • endometriosis

 

 

In addition, if you are experiencing trouble in one organ, such as the bowel with IBS, it is likely it will disrupt another organ, such as the uterus. If you're experiencing chronic pain, it is always good to get checked by a doctor to make sure it isn't life threatening.

 

 

Symptom list:

Chronic pelvic pain