Pharmacological Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women

Abstract

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a multifaceted condition that often has both peripheral and central generators of pain. An understanding of neurobiology and neuropsychology of CPP should guide management. Successful treatment of CPP is typically multimodal, and pharmacologic treatment strategies include analgesics, hormonal suppression, anesthetics, antidepressants, membrane stabilizers, and anxiolytics. Evidence for these and other emerging pharmacologic therapies is presented in this article.

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Carey, E.T., Till, S.R. & As-Sanie, S. Pharmacological Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women. Drugs 77, 285–301 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40265-016-0687-8

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Keywords

  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic Floor
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain