Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - Other Treatment
Chronic pelvic pain takes time to
develop and can take a long time to treat. Take charge of how you cope with
pain by using one or more of the treatment choices below. Combining your
medical treatment with these practices can help you keep a positive state of mind.
Counseling and stress management
Counseling and mental skills training help you learn the mental and emotional tools for managing
chronic pain and the stress that makes it worse. Combining
medical and psychological treatment increases your chances of treatment
Commonly used treatments include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy focused on changing the
way you think about and mentally manage pain. See a psychologist, licensed
counselor, or clinical social worker who specializes in pain management
- Biofeedback. This is the conscious control of body
function that is normally unconsciously controlled.
- Interpersonal counseling, focused on managing
your life events, stressors, and relationships.
For more information, see the topic
Physical therapy can help
you learn specific exercises to stretch and strengthen certain muscle groups.
This helps you to improve posture, gait,
and muscle tone.
Alternative pain treatments
Alternative pain treatments for chronic female pelvic pain aren't well studied. But they are
considered helpful for managing stress and building mental mastery over pain.
transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) have shown
some success in relieving painful menstrual periods. Acupuncture has also been
used as a treatment for nonmenstrual chronic pelvic pain, but it isn't yet well
Other low-risk alternative pain
treatments that many people use to help manage pain include: