NICHD Pelvic Pain Research Goals

NICHD research addresses pelvic pain and some of the numerous gynecologic and nongynecologic disorders associated with it.

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
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