Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Monthly Pelvic Pain Evaluation

The evaluation of chronic pelvic pain begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Women also require a pelvic examination.

Physical findings in women with chronic pelvic pain may include:


Usually, there are few physical findings in men with chronic pelvic pain.

Physical findings in men with chronic pelvic pain may include:
  • Lump on the prostate
  • Swollen prostate
  • Tender prostate gland on digital rectal examination

Testing is usually required to determine the underlying cause for chronic pelvic pain.

Tests that may be used to evaluate chronic pelvic pain in women include:

Less commonly used tests that may be used to evaluate chronic pelvic pain in women include:

Tests that may be used to evaluate chronic pelvic pain in men include:

Less commonly used tests that may be used to evaluate chronic pelvic pain in men include:
  • Anoscopy
  • Colonoscopy:
    • Allows a doctor to look inside, take tissue specimens, and remove any questionable growths or polyps.
  • Sigmoidoscopy:
    • Allows a doctor to look inside, take tissue specimens, and remove any questionable growths or polyps.

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Monthly Pelvic Pain References
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