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Chronic pelvic pain and sexual abuse
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Diane K Newman, RN-C, MSN, ANP posted:
Studies have shown that women with chronic pelvic pain are more likely to have a history of sexual abuse compared to other groups of women. These women are often referred to many different specialists and, in the process, they may be subjected to expensive tests and exploratory surgery only to be told that 'nothing is wrong' because no underlying pathology (medical cause) was discovered or identified.

Many women agree to a hysterectomy or other major surgery and still experience chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain is often intractable and unremitting and may lead to lifestyle changes that affect work, recreation and personal relationships. An integrated multidisciplinary team approach that includes a medical doctor, pain specialist, gynecologist and perhaps a physical therapist who provides various treatments is often the best way to give the woman the greatest chance of a long-term cure.
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