The first step in assessing a patient with pelvic pain is accurate history-taking. Make sure you ask these 5 questions to better characterize the pain and get to the root of the problem.
- Location: Is the pain on only one side or both? Is it suprapubic?
- Timing: When did it start, and has it changed over time?
- Frequency: Is it constant or intermittent?
- Exacerbating or alleviating factors: Does anything make it better or worse?
- Associated symptoms: Are there any symptoms associated with the pain, such as nausea or vomiting?
In this video, Tori O'Daniel, MD FACOG, shows you how to combine your patient’s answers with pelvic exam findings to formulate a diagnosis and make the best clinical decision.
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