Chronic pelvic pain occurs in women and men. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) includes women in their definition while the European Association of Urologists (EAU) includes women and men in their definition of chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain is a bladder pain syndrome that occurs in women and men and the urological pain syndromes in men include Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes specific to women are listed and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes specific to men are listed and are termed urological pain syndromes.
Chronic pelvic pain has two different definitions:
Chronic pelvic pain as defined by gynecologists’ (ACOG) applies to women only.
Chronic pelvic pain as defined by urologists’ (EAU) includes both women and men.
The European Association of Urologists (EAU) guidelines distinguish between gynecological, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal pain syndromes.
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