Facts About Female Chronic Pelvic Pain
Symptoms of Female Chronic Pelvic Pain
Typical symptoms of muscle-based pelvic pain in women:
- Vaginal pain
- Rectal pain
- Pain around or above the pubic bone
- Discomfort with sitting
- Discomfort or pain with intercourse or sexual activity
- Exacerbation of pelvic pain related to menstruation
- Exacerbation of symptoms with stress and anxiety
- Urinary frequency
- Urinary urgency or hesitancy
- Pain during or after urination
- Pain during or after bowel movements
- Pain/trauma related to childbirth
The Wise-Anderson Protocol helps men and women equally.
In the latest review and analysis of our data on patients we have treated in the last 4 years, reduction in symptoms in men and women is essentially identical. In other words, the reduction of symptoms in many of our patients occurs equally to men and woman.
The different names of pelvic pain in women we treat.
We regularly see and treat women who have been diagnosed with conditions called by various names as interstitial cystitis, urethral syndrome, painful bladder syndrome, pelvic floor dysfunction, levator ani syndrome, pelvic floor myalgia, dyspareunia, and chronic pelvic pain among other diagnoses. It is our view that most of these conditions are in some way related to chronic tension or spasm in the muscles of the pelvic basin and fed by anxiety, protective guarding and the habitual tendency to tighten the pelvic muscles. Muscle based pelvic pain in women is essentially the same phenomena in women that we treat in the men.
The most common condition we treat in women is called interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. There are a variety of opinions about treatment for female chronic pelvic pain syndromes and we discuss our viewpoint and treatment in the section on interstitial cystitis within this website on treatment and in the 6th edition of our book A Headache in the Pelvis.