For Health Practitioners

Stabbing Pain

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Everyone knows that muscle cramp is painful, but imagine what a muscle cramp on the inside of your hip bones might feel like

An Irritable Bowel

An irritable or sensitive bowel is a good example of a pain you can’t see. It looks normal at a laparoscopy or ultrasound but certainly doesn’t feel normal.

Bad Headache or Migraine

You may be surprised that information on headaches and migraine are included on this site, but they are very common in people with pelvic pain. It’s always best to talk about your headaches with your doctor first, as serious disease is possible. There are many types of headaches and if you are unsure what type of headache you may have, you will find information to help you at…

Period Pain

Period pain is the commonest type of pelvic pain, but what’s normal? None of us know what another woman’s pain is like

Laparoscopy

A Laparoscopy is an operation used to look inside the abdomen and treat certain types of pelvic pain in women – especially endometriosis.

Painful Sex – Women

Painful sex is distressing.  As well as the physical pain, there is the emotional pain women feel when they are unable to enjoy sex with their partner. No one feels like having sex if it hurts, but it’s easy for your partner to feel like you don’t care. What causes painful sex? There are lots […]

Vulval Pain

The Vulva is the area of skin between your legs. It includes the labia, which are the flaps of skin that surround the opening of the vagina. There are many different conditions that can make this area painful or irritated. It may be painful due to an infection such as thrush. It may be painful due to a skin condition like dermatitis or lichen sclerosis.

Video Animation for Women

You may have had pelvic pain for too long, but are you new at putting it all together and understanding what it means?

One Woman’s Story of Pelvic Pain

Before you read my story please note that it reflects my experience alone. It is my hope that my story will assist in raising understanding and awareness of pelvic pain in our community and is written for no other purpose. Some of the treatments I have tried may or may not work for you, though it is important that you always follow the advice of qualified health professionals. The important thing is that you give consideration to both cure orientated and management orientated approaches to pelvic pain. This process is individual and can take some time and is not always easy, so if this is you, hang in there! I decline to mention the names and locations of services and health professionals I have discussed in my story in the interests of remaining unbiased.

My name is Tiffany Brooks and I have experienced pelvic pain for over 15 years. My experience with pelvic pain began with particularly bad pain before, during and after my periods from the age of 16 while in high school. This quickly escalated to experiencing pain in my pelvic region almost daily and particularly severely just prior to and during my period. My high pain levels meant that I often had time off of school and the grades I had worked so hard for began to suffer. I often felt fatigue and flat and spent a lot of time in bed and sleeping. My pain meant that I had to give up many of the interests I had enjoyed outside of school, including long distance running. After experiencing pain for around a year, I began to seek professional help with the assistance of my supportive family.