5. Pelvic Infections and Chronic Pelvic Pain

  1. Paolo Vercellini
  1. Nicole Paterson BSc, MSc, MD and
  2. John Jarrell MSc, MD, FRCSC

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391855.ch5

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic Pelvic Pain

How to Cite

Paterson, N. and Jarrell, J. (2011) Pelvic Infections and Chronic Pelvic Pain, in Chronic Pelvic Pain (ed P. Vercellini), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391855.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Istituto “Luigi Mangiagalli”, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda, University of Milan, Italy

Author Information

  1. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 MAR 2011

Book Series:

  1. Gynecology in Practice

Book Series Editors:

  1. Aydin Arici

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330663

Online ISBN: 9781444391855



  • Pelvic Infections and Chronic Pelvic Pain;
  • chronic pelvic pain (CPP);
  • sexually transmitted infections (STIs);
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC);
  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV);
  • Clinical presentation and diagnosis


Pelvic infections are common problems affecting women globally, with serious sequelae for future reproductive health. The cause of the infections can be spontaneous or a consequence of therapeutic intervention. A variety of organisms may be involved, but sexually transmitted infections are the most common cause. There may be a range of presentations from subclinical to widespread sepsis. Therapy is effective for acute infections but may not prevent long-term complications; chronic pelvic pain is one of the more difficult of these.