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Papers: 26 Feb 2022 - 4 Mar 2022


Int J Womens Health


Current Challenges in the Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women: From Bench to Bedside.


Siqueira-Campos V M, de Deus M S C, Poli-Neto O B, Rosa-E-Silva J C, de Deus J M, Conde D M
Int J Womens Health. 2022; 14:225-244.
PMID: 35210869.


Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) affects a significant proportion of women worldwide And has a negative impact on several aspects of these women's lives including mental health, work, relationships and sexual function, among others. This set of factors ultimately reflects negatively on quality Of life. The physiopathology of CPP is complex and remains to be fully clarified; however, recent advances have increased understanding of the mechanisms involved in chronic pain in general, and more specifically, CPP. Nonetheless, even when a detailed clinical history is obtained, meticulous physical examination is performed and imaging resources are appropriately used, the organic cause of the pain may still fail to be identified in a substantial number of women with CPP. Management of CPP may therefore be challenging. This narrative review was aimed at adding to the available literature on the subject, presenting and discussing the principal characteristics of CPP in women. The paper highlights gaps in the literature while providing the most up-to-date evidence associated with the physiopathology and classification of pain, its diagnosis and treatment. In addition, current challenges in the management of women with CPP are discussed.