I have persistent pelvic pain, painful sex, painful periods

Chronic pelvic pain is pain that is felt in areas related to the pelvis (eg abdomen, tailbone, vulva) that has been present for more than 3/12. Worldwide, it has been estimated that up to 1 in 4 women suffer with chronic pelvic pain, so you are not alone!

As part of the care team, Women’s Health Physiotherapists have a special skillset that can help you manage your pain. Depending on assessment findings, treatment options could include education, manual therapy, pelvic floor muscle relaxation and exercise. Physiotherapists can help you better understand your pain and how your health, sleep and exercise can improve your lifestyle with pelvic conditions.



Understanding Pain

Video still from TED talk: The mystery of chronic pain

The mystery of chronic pain (external site)

Video still from Tame the Beast

Tame The Beast — It's time to rethink persistent pain (external site)

Still from video Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it!

Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it! (external site)


Understanding persistent pain: how to turn down the volume on persistent pain (PDF)

Article on the relationship between pelvic floor muscles and painful intercourse (PDF)

Jean Hailes: pelvic pain resources (external site)

Pelvic pain foundation (external site)

Noi Institute (external site)

painHEALTH UWA (external site)

Fibromyalgia self help (external site)


Pudendal Neuralgia

Pudendal Hope (external site)



Introduction to Pelvic Pain (PDF)

Endo Active: Endometriosis resources (external site)



Headspace: Sleep (PDF)

Mental Health and Sleep (external site)

CCI: Sleep and Insomnia Self-Help Resources - Information Sheets (external site)

Health Direct: Sleep (external site)

Better Health Channel: sleep Hygiene (external site)


Mental Health

Smiling mind (external site)

This way up: Learn practical tools to take care of your mental health (external site)



Benefits of exercise for Endo (external site)

Video still for FemFusion Fitness

FemFusion PP stretches (external site)

Video still from Yoga with Adriene

Yoga with Adrienne (external site)

Support Groups

My VMC: Fibromyalgia support group (external site)

G.A.I.N: Gynaecological support group (external site)

Endometriosis support group (external site)

Last Updated: 18/01/2023