Chronic pelvic pain is generally used to describe a condition of pelvic discomfort not solely associated with menstruation, of more than 6 month's duration, and of a severity sufficient to cause disability in some form.
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"What is the hardest of all to do? To see with our eyes what our eyes lay before us. (Paraphrased, with apologies from Goethe) That essentially is the message of the innovative efforts of Ms. Deborah Bush, Chairperson of the New Zealand Endometriosis Foundation. She has developed an interactive Menstrual Health and Endometriosis Education Program that has been presented to over 40,000 young women (ages 15-24), educators and clinicians.
Pelvic pain must be diagnosed accurately if the pelvic pain is to appropriately treated. In order to determine the cause of pelvic pain obtain the history of the pelvic pain. An examination is done.
The basic research of visceral pain mechanisms does not explain the chronic pelvic pain phenomena a gynecologist confronts in the clinic. There is, however, a link between the basic research and the acute gynecologic pain processes observed in the emergency room.
A pain score is being used to monitor women with a history of chronic pelvic pain. The total score for each day of the month is plotted into a graph and is later correlated to patient's daily activities in order to help with the diagnosis of baseline gynecological conditions.
DB is a 26-year-old nulligravid female with dysmenorrhoea and a long-standing history of endometriosis. Dysmenorrhoea began at age 16 years and has become progressively worse. She describes two unique pain profiles.
SB is an 18-year-old G0 female who presented with a long-standing history of perimenstrual pelvic pain and diarrhea thought to be due to endometriosis. Her menses are irregular (1-3 month intervals).
Infertility is a disease that affects the reproductive organs of both men and women. It impairs one of the body’s most basic functions: the ability to have children. Infertility affects about 6.1 million people in the United States alone; ten percent of the reproductive-age population—both men and women.
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