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Clinical Guidelines

  • ACOG: endometriosis
  • Society of obstetricians and gynecologists of Canada for CPP
  • European Association of Urology for Interstitial Cystitis
  • British Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases for vulvodynia
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK clinical guideline for IBS

Website Resources

International Pelvic Pain Society

National Vulvodynia Association

Sexuality Information and Education Council of US

Interstitial Cystitis Association

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: see NIDDK/NIH

American Pain Society

American Physical Therapy Association

American Chronic Pain Association

UCSF Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic


This curriculum resource was supported with funding from the NIH Pain Consortium, which approves the educational value of the information provided. The authors listed on this resource are responsible for its content, and questions may be directed to their Center of Excellence in Pain Education (url). The NIH Pain Consortium provides these evidence-based curriculum resources on pain management as a service to academic medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy and other health professional schools.

This resource is for educational purposes and is not intended as medical practice guidelines. Evidence-based practices may have changed since the publication of the resource.

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