Approach

Because chronic pelvic pain is a collection of associated diagnoses, there is no overall definitive test, except for the patient's subjective complaint of pain.

The optimal approach to chronic pelvic pain is with a structured history and physical examination designed to diagnose many of the common associated conditions.[17] A history and physical examination form is available free from the International Pelvic Pain Society. International Pelvic Pain Society: history and physical form external link opens in a new window Guidelines are available that provide algorithms for the assessment of chronic pelvic pain. When using these algorithms, it is important to remember that multiple causes may be present in some patients.[18]

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