Chronic Pelvic Pain | Diagnosis & Tests

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How is chronic pelvic pain diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask you questions about your past and present health, and about illness or health-related problems in your family. You may be asked to describe the kind of pain you have, where it is and how strong it is. Tell your doctor anything you can about what causes the pain to get better or worse.

  • Is the pain related to your menstrual cycle?
  • Is it related to bowel movements?
  • Does it hurt during urination or sexual activity?
  • Have you had an infection?
  • Have you had surgery in your pelvic area?

Your doctor may also want to perform some tests to help make the diagnosis.

What types of tests may be performed?

A number of tests can help your doctor find the cause of your pain. Your history and physical exam will help him or her decide which, if any, tests to do. These may include blood tests, urologic tests or X-rays. In some cases, your doctor may need to perform minor surgery, such as laparoscopy (a procedure in which a thin lighted tube is inserted in the abdomen so the doctor can look at your pelvic organs).

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 01/96

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