Do words matter when you’re a woman with pelvic pain talking to your clinician?

How do you describe a pain like dysmenorrhea, or painful sex, or vulval pain, or the pain of endometriosis, to someone who has never experienced these things, and possibly never will? Around 20% of women suffer from persistent pelvic pain, and their symptoms can be a confusing mix of period pain, pelvic muscle spasms, bowel symptoms, bladder … [Read more...]

A new method of assessing women with pelvic pain

Are you female? Do you know any females? Chances are, the majority of you are thinking ‘yes’. And chances are, the majority of those females you know have experienced pelvic pain. Almost every woman will experience pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhoea) at some point during her life[1] – and usually it seems like some kind of uterus-driven … [Read more...]

A plausible, alternate hypothesis for patient reports of asymmetries within the pelvis

The existence of positional faults of the intra-pelvic joints (sacroiliac joints, symphysis pubis) resulting in pelvic asymmetries remains a hotly debated topic amongst clinicians and researchers in the field of pelvic girdle pain. Check Chapter 46 in the latest edition of Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy for some different takes on … [Read more...]

Painful periods

Period pain Period or menstrual pain is also referred to as dysmenorrhoea, and is usually further classified as primary (no evidence of pathology) or secondary (linked to pathology such as endometriosis). Menstrual pain affects about 60% of women who are menstruating [6], although up to 90% of adolescents can be affected [2]. For a proportion … [Read more...]

Decapitated pain? Sarah on the first World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Congress in AmDam

The First World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain was held in Amsterdam recently.  Having attended several pain conferences in the past, I curious how the joint effort of the International Pelvic Pain Society, Convergences in Pelviperineal Pain and the Pain of Urogenital Origin special interest group of the International Association for the … [Read more...]