Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain is one of the many pelvic floor disorders people suffer from. It's pain that lasts longer than 6 months. The pain is below the belly button and can be internal or external. The pain can vary. It can be burning, it can be sharp, and it can feel like cramps. Sometimes it is hard to diagnose, but it can be treated effectively. The pain can happen anytime. It can happen during intercourse, during bowel movements, or when you urinate.

Causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain can be caused by any of the organs, tissues, or structures below the belly button. That would include structures like the uterus, the bladder, the small bowel, the rectum, the vagina, or the penis and testicles. Some of the common causes for chronic pelvic pain include endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic floor trauma like from childbirth, aging, and sports injuries (even in childhood).

Diagnosing Chronic Pelvic Pain

Your doctor will start with a complete history and pelvic exam. Imaging studies, muscle tests, nerve tests, and blood and urine tests could follow.

Treatment for Chronic Pelvic Pain

There are conservative and aggressive treatments available for chronic pelvic pain. Some of the more conservative approaches include behavioral modification and physical therapy. Some of the more aggressive treatments include with topical, injectable, and oral medications. The most aggressive treatments include surgery. The good news is that you don't have to suffer from pelvic pain - treatment is available!

Chronic Pelvic Pain Specialists

Michael Patrick Feloney, MD, FACS


Sarah Fosheim, DPT, MS, CCES, CMTPT

Physical Therapy

Jasmine Garth, DPT, PT, OCS, Cert. DN

Physical Therapy

Peggy H. Jones, MD, FACOG

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jimmy P. Khandalavala, MD, FACOG

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Rihab Sayed, PT, DPT

Physical Therapy

Sami K. Zeineddine, MD, FACOG

Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Robot-assisted Surgery