Chronic pelvic pain

The Women’s Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic takes a multidisciplinary approach to working with women experiencing chronic pelvic pain.

The clinic is the only such clinic in Victoria. It aims to help women who have exhausted usual care and are willing to use self-management techniques to improve their quality of life.

Health issues treated

The clinic treats the following:

  • Chronic pelvic pain, and related
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Urinary and bowel dysfunction
    • Depression and anxiety management

What we do

The Women’s Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic provides counselling, support and treatment of chronic pelvic pain for women who have exhausted usual care options, eg hormonal treatments or surgical treatments. 

Information for patients

Your first appointment

After you have been referred to the Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic, you will receive a letter from the Women’s with an appointment time.

If you are unable to attend your appointment, or need to change the time, please contact the clinic as soon as possible so that we can make another appointment for you.

If you miss two appointments in a row and you would like to make another appointment, you will need a new referral from your doctor or nurse.

What you should expect on your first appointment

You will be assessed by a pain management specialist who looks at the overall picture of the pain and initiates further investigations if need be. This specialist may also prescribe appropriate pain medications for symptomatic relief.

You will also be assessed by a physiotherapist who specialises in women's health and has been trained in assessing and treating pelvic floor issues.

Additionally, you will have an assessment with a psychologist who will provide pain education and may discuss coping stragegies that could be beneficial. Treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy, which will help self-management, may be offered.

Your appointment with each clinician will last approximately one hour.

Your treatment

Your treatment plan will normally be explained after the first assessment from the clinician.  A separate correspondence outlining treatment plan will be forwarded to the referrer, who is likely to be a gynaecologist, and to your GP. Please make sure the details of GP you provided are correct and up to date. You can also request that correspondence is sent to you with the mailing address provided.

What to expect after treatment

Treatment time required depends on each individual patients. Our clinical staff will ensure patients have follow up appointments in order to review patients’ progress. Overall, the Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic's treatment targets both symptomatic relief and enhanced pain management abilities.

Referrals

You will need a referral from your treating gynaecologist. If you do not have a gynaecologist treating you for pelvic pain, your GP should make a referral to the Women's gynaecology clinic. Your referral will then be sent to the Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic. A referral is valid for 12 months.

What to bring

  • The results of any tests you have already had
  • Your Medicare card, Health Care Card and/or Pension Card
  • Health Insurance Card (if you have one)
  • Details of any current medicines you are taking, including ones you have bought without a prescription
  • Previous correspondence from other doctors, if you have any

 


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