A comparative study of women with chronic pelvic pain, chronic nonpelvic pain and those with no history of pain attending general practitioners
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2005
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 105, Issue 1, pages 87–92, January 1998
How to Cite
Collett, B. J., Cordle, C. J., Stewart, C. R. and Jagger, C. (1998), A comparative study of women with chronic pelvic pain, chronic nonpelvic pain and those with no history of pain attending general practitioners. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 105: 87–92. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1998.tb09356.x
- Issue published online: 19 AUG 2005
- Article first published online: 19 AUG 2005
- Received 23 September 1996 Accepted 25 March 1997
Objective To investigate and compare the demographic and psychosocial profiles of women with chronic pelvic pain, chronic pain in a different site, and those with no history of pain with specific reference to a history of sexual abuse.
Design A prospective comparative study.
Setting Pelvic Pain Clinic at Leicester General Hospital NHS Trust, Pain Management Clinic at Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust and two General Practices.
Participants Thirty women with chronic pelvic pain, 30 women with chronic pain in a different site and 30 women attending their general practitioner with no history of pain.
Interventions A specifically designed patient profile questionnaire to identify and explore incidents of sexual and physical abuse was administered to each woman by a research psychologist for confidential self-completion. Data were also collected on other demographic, medical and psychosocial characteristics.
Results Women with chronic pelvic pain were found to have a higher lifetime prevalence of sexual abuse, involving penetration or other genital contact compared with the two comparison groups. The prevalence of physical abuse was the same in all groups. Women in the pelvic pain group were more likely to have approached their GP for symptoms not related to pelvic pain than women in the other two groups and the incidence of clinical anxiety was significantly higher in this group compared with the pain-free group. The prevalence of sexual problems was much higher in the group with pelvic pain compared with the other two groups.
Conclusion These findings indicate that women with chronic pelvic pain have a higher incidence of past sexual abuse compared with women in a comparison pain group and with women with no pain.