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Chronic Pelvic Pain Program

Chronic pelvic pain team

Don't resign yourself to it. So many treatments are available to help get you back to a life where pain is not the focus.

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is one of the most common medical problems for women. If you have experienced constant or periodic pain in the pelvic region for more than six months, then you should have an evaluation with one of our dedicated specialists. Women unable to find relief with previous medical treatments benefit from our unique biopsychosocial approach and begin to enjoy a more functional life again.

Loyola has one of the first chronic pelvic pain programs and all our specialists are located in the same site, working together as a team to treat CPP.

Chronic pelvic pain can result from different structural and functional problems involving the pelvic muscles, nerves, bladder, bowel and reproductive system.  Loyola offers a unique, comprehensive approach to this life-altering condition. Our specialists, who take a multidisciplinary approach, will review all the possible causes for your pelvic pain and then provide you with a holistic treatment plan tailored just for you.

Loyola’s Chronic Pelvic Pain Program was founded and is staffed by a group of Loyola physicians, surgeons and advance practice nurses who are all women. They share their experience and expertise as a team; some have been caring for Women’s Health patients for more than 30 years. Together they will determine the underlying causes and triggers and devise an approach to reduce or eliminate your pain. During your initial visit you will see two physicians who will collaborate on your care after they complete their interview and examination.  Within two weeks to one month, we will schedule a second visit with two more specialists in order to complete the evaluation process.  At the conclusion of the second visit, your treatment team will share the plan, discuss it and make initial recommendations.

We strive to offer patients treatment alternatives to  surgery. However, if a surgical therapy is recommended, we  perform the vast majority of our procedures via laparoscopy, robotics or hysteroscopy. If the best treatment option is minimally invasive surgery, you should know that the most trusted and highly experienced surgeons are here at Loyola.

Our goal is to fully understand your condition and make improvements. To do this we rely on our patients’ willingness to commit the time and effort required to follow through with treatment. You are the most important member of your care team.

Your medical team will include one or more of the following specialists in:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, focused on pain management and functional recovery
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
  • Internal Medicine or Pediatrics (for young patients), to treat functional causes
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology, to explore and treat structural causes
  • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, to treat musculoskeletal causes
  • Clinical Health Psychology, to explore mind-body connections and teach coping skills
  • Urology, to diagnose and treat urinary system problems
  • Gastroenterology, to diagnose and treat digestive system issues

What we treat:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Interstitial cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic floor myofascial pain and dysfunction
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Vulvodynia

What services we provide:

  • Exercise/in-clinic physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Pelvic trigger point injections
  • Psychological support
  • Surgery

Our specialists at Loyola, a leading academic medical center, teach other doctors the latest advancements in treatment and bring exceptional expertise to patient care. Many of our specialists have advanced certifications and are professors at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Our physicians are not just providing the latest in treatments but are working today on research for tomorrow’s cures. They are actively involved in clinical research with a focus on patient-centered outcomes. As you return to Loyola’s Chronic Pelvic Pain Program to see our specialists, you will discover that our highly trained, deeply committed and compassionate staff is ready to join you on your journey toward a life that is no longer limited by the burden of CPP.

Chronic Pelvic Pain Program Specialists