Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a fact of life for many women. It can be so debilitating that sufferers’ general quality of life, including their sex life and consequently their relationships as well as emotional well-being may be significantly impaired. Patients may feel helpless, suffer depression and lose hope that they can ever feel well. What many people don’t know is that integrative modalities for the treatment of female chronic pelvic pain may reduce symptoms.
In her recent presentation at Pain Week 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, *Dr Kathryn Witzeman, MD, FACOG noted that “CPP in itself is not a diagnosis but a symptom. When Clinicians focus on the symptoms they are also focusing the patient on “pain” and the treatment of pain instead of what is actually contributing to their experience. When we are focusing on anticipating pain, we have low self-efficacy which can lead to depression and negative habits. Rather than treating symptoms conventionally doctors could incorporate integrative modalities for the treatment of female chronic pelvic pain”