Any pelvic pain lasting more than 6 months can be CPP.
CPP may include a variety of symptoms, including:
- Painful menses (menstrual periods)
- Painful intercourse
- Limited physical activity due to pain
- Lack of response to conventional treatment
CPP involves a number of factors and causes, including interstitial cystitis (IC), endometriosis (“endo”), pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, chronic vaginitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
And because it often coincides with psychological issues, treating CPP requires an open, ongoing dialogue between patient and physician.