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Chronic (long-term) pelvic pain

Published: 24/07/2015

Pelvic pain is any pain you feel in the lower abdomen or pelvis. Pain is described as ‘chronic’ if it occurs all or some of the time for more than 6 months.

It is common and affects around 1 in 6 women. It can be distressing and affect quality of life and a woman’s ability to carry our everyday activities.

This information tells you more about chronic pelvic pain including;

  • What causes chronic pelvic pain
  • What tests you might be offered by your doctor
  • What treatment may help

This patient information leaflet is based on the RCOG clinical guideline Initial Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain, which contains a full list of the sources of evidence used to produce this guidance.

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