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Chronic Pelvic Region Pain

Mount Sinai Hospital’s Wasser Pain Management Centre has helped alleviate pain, suffering and disability in many men and women with chronic pelvic region pain a major priority.


About 15% of women may suffer from a form of chronic pelvic region pain. The true prevalence is not known. Up to 50% of women may suffer from intercourse related pain at some point in their lives.

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Chronic pelvic region pain conditions we have seen include:

  • vulvar vestibulitis
  • vulvodynia
  • lichen sclerosis
  • chronic vulvar infection
  • endometriosis
  • pelvic floor muscle tension syndromes
  • various neuralgias and nerve entrapments
  • musculoskeletal pain disorders
  • fibromyalgia 

The diagnosis and management of women with these disorders requires a transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. To help these women, The Wasser Pain Management Centre has assembled a team of professionals from disciplines, including:

  • Neurology
  • Gynecology
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry

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Chronic non-cancer pelvic region pain is less common in men than in women. Men are less likely to have fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome than women with CPRP. Men, however, are more likely to have chronic lower back pain (15% of the population).

Some men with chronic lower back pain will have pain radiating into the pelvic, and anogenital areas. More important chronic prostate pain (prostadynia or sometimes called chronic prostatitis), testicular pain, (orchidynia), anorectal pain (anodynia and proctodynia), penile pain, and groin pain, various pelvic nerve entrapments and tailbone pain (coccidynia) are common, debilitating causes of pain, dysfunction, disability, and despair in men.

Up to 5% of men may have these conditions, perhaps higher. If you include chronic back pain with pelvic floor involvement, about ten to 15% of the male population between 18 and 70 years of age may have these complaints.