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Pelvic pain in women: common and challenging

Cynthia M Farquhar
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (3): 131-132.
Published online: 4 August 2008

What is a reasonable approach to management of women with pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain in women is as common as the common cold, it seems. Certainly that is the impression one is left with after reading the article by Pitts et al on the prevalence and correlates of pelvic pain in Australian women. Pitts and colleagues found that 72% of women experienced dysmenorrhoea and only one in four women did not report any kind of pelvic pain.1 A systematic review of international studies reported a similar prevalence of dysmenorrhoea and pelvic pain.2

  • Cynthia M Farquhar

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and National Women’s Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Correspondence: c.farquhar@auckland.ac.nz

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