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Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic at the Women’s

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The following information comes from the Women’s Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic webpage. This page also provides a fact sheet available for download as a printable PDF.

The clinic offers an alternative approach for women who have tried other treatment options but still have a high level of pain. The staff in the clinic come from a range of health professions. Together we will work with you to explore the range of possible causes for your pain and to offer ways to treat or to help you manage your pain.

There is good evidence to suggest that this approach to chronic pain is beneficial.

Our aim is to work with you to increase your quality of life.

What is chronic pelvic pain?

Chronic pelvic pain is pain that you have had in your pelvis for more than six months. The pain may be there all the time or it might come and go. There are many possible causes for chronic pelvic pain, but sometimes the cause may never be found.

When a cause cannot be found for your pain, treatment is aimed at helping you to manage it so as to improve your quality of life.

What do we do?

Pain can be influenced by physical, social and psychological factors. Our team is trained to look at the things in your life that may be adding to your experience of pain.

Because every woman’s history or experience of pain is different, we begin by doing a very thorough assessment of your pain. After a full assessment by all the health practitioners, we will meet to decide a treatment plan for you.

Some women may also benefit from a group program which runs for two hours, each week, for 12 weeks. The program aims to reduce pain and more importantly improve function.

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