Kaplan MN577 2019 November Unit 7 Discussion Latest
MN577 Women’s Health Focus
Unit 7 Discussion
Chronic pelvic pain can be defined as intermittent or constant pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis of a woman of at least 6 months in duration, not occurring exclusively with menstruation or intercourse and not associated with pregnancy. It is a symptom, not a diagnosis. Chronic pelvic pain presents in primary care as frequently as migraine or low-back pain and may significantly impact a woman’s ability to function.
Discuss the common causes of pelvic pain and who, when, and why you would decide to refer the patient for diagnostics and second opinions.