Providing Holistic Care for Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain


  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit

    A total of 1.2 contact hours may be earned as CNE credit for reading “Providing Holistic Care for Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain” and for completing an online post-test and evaluation.

    AWHONN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accrditation.

    AWHONN holds a California BRN number, California CNE Provider #CEP580.


Priscilla D. Abercrombie, RN, NP, PhD, AHN-BC, UCSF Women's Health Center, 2356 Sutter Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94115.

The authors and planners for this activity report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships. The article includes no discussion of off-label drug or device use. No commercial support was received for this educational activity.


Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is one of the most common pain conditions affecting women and can have a significant impact on quality of life. Assessment of women with CPP is best approached in a comprehensive, systematic manner that includes exploration of physiological and psychological causes. A range of treatment options that draw from conventional medicine and complementary and alternative modalities should be offered. The women's health nurse plays a pivotal role in all aspects of care.