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Pelvic Pain: NICHD Research Goals

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Numerous gynecologic and nongynecologic disorders associated with pelvic pain are under study at the NICHD. Within this broad context, NICHD research on pelvic pain aims to:

  • Investigate the etiology of pelvic pain disorders as well as characterize the underlying mechanisms and contributors to pain
  • Examine the relationship between pelvic pain disorders and other diseases or conditions
  • Describe the physical, emotional, interpersonal, economic, and other burdens of pelvic pain
  • Improve standardization of measurement and diagnostic criteria to aid in pain assessment and diagnosis of pain disorders, facilitate the comparison of clinical trial results, and support evidence-based practice
  • Develop minimally invasive approaches to treat pelvic pain disorders and their symptoms
Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 04/12/2013
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