What is Pelvic Pain?

Pelvic pain is a broad term used to describe pain in the pelvic region. Acute pelvic pain is experienced by most women during their menstrual cycle, however some women experience pain in the pelvis at other times and for longer periods. Pain of this nature is often complex and requires thorough assessment. Causes may include:

  • Painful bladder
  • Painful or irritable bowel
  • Pelvic muscle pain
  • Pelvic nerve sensitivities
  • Endometriosis
  • Painful sex
  • Referred pain from lower back and pelvic joints

If you are unsure as to whether the pelvic pain you are experiencing is ‘normal’ or ‘abnormal’ you may find it helpful to note the following:

  • Do you experience pain with sex?
  • Do you have difficulty or pain using tampons?
  • Is urinating or passing bowel motions painful?
  • Do you find you need to frequently urinate both day and/or night?
  • Do you suffer from frequent urine or bladder infections?
  • Do you often feel bloated?
  • Do you feel tired, depressed or anxious with your pelvic pain?

If some of these are symptoms that you regularly experience, you may benefit from physiotherapy assessment and treatment.

What can I expect from a physiotherapy treatment program?


At Winmalee Women’s Health Physiotherapy, we have clinical expertise in the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor pain and dysfunction. Our treatment programs are individually tailored to your condition and are based on current research.

Physiotherapy is always carried out in a private treatment room; always with the same physiotherapist, providing sensitive, professional treatment. Your initial appointment will involve a thorough assessment, including questioning about your pelvic floor function and habits. This may be followed by an internal vaginal examination which enables assessment of any weakness, spasm or change to your pelvic floor muscles.

The goal of physiotherapy is to teach you awareness of your pelvic floor muscles, and to resolve your pain. We will also be able to work with you to determine whether referral to another health professional is needed.