Integrative Approaches to Pelvic Pain in Women (2020-2022)

Pelvic pain is often linked to other disorders so it's difficult to estimate how common it is, but according to one study, 1 in 7 women suffer from chronic pelvic pain. Explore treatments beyond medicine and hormones and examine the prevalence of pelvic pain as well as psychological, social, and cultural factors that contribute to it. Understand the physiological mechanisms and create an evidence-based approach to treatment, blending lifestyle changes and other integrative modalities.

Course objectives:

  • Recognize the underlying physiologic changes contributing to overlapping abdominal and pelvic pain conditions.
  • Utilize a treatment approach that considers the benefits of integrative modalities and addresses an individual patient's needs and co-morbidities.
  • Evaluate and treat behavioral and psychologic co-morbidities associated with female pelvic pain disorders.

Completion Requirements

Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion you will be able to print your certificate of completion.


  1. Introduction - Definition and introductory discussion of pelvic pain disorders.
  2. Evaluating Female Pelvic Pain Disorders - Guidelines for evaluating chronic female pelvic pain.
  3. Dysmenorrhea - Learn the definition of Primary dysmenorrhea (PD), conventional treatment and treatment alternatives for the management of menstrual cramps.
  4. Causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain - Explore causes of chronic pelvic pain, topics include endometriosis, bladder pain syndrome and abdominopelvic myofascial pain.
  5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Explore this complex disorder of the gastrointestinal and nervous systems to learn its characteristic symptoms (abdominal pain or discomfort and altered bowel habits).
  6. Treatment Approaches - Explore conventional and integrative approaches to treatment. Apply your knowledge in an interactive case.
  7. Exam
  8. Evaluation

Target Audience

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses.


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Integrative Approaches to Pelvic Pain in Women
Disclosure & Credit Information



ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation and CME Designation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course includes an assessment of 10 questions that you must answer 70% correctly or above in order to receive credit for participation. You are allowed unlimited re-attempts.

Current CME Approval Period: 1/10/2020 to 1/9/2022

Most Recent Review by Author: 1/10/2020

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Information

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Faculty / Authors

Kathryn Witzeman, MD, Associate Professor Denver Health Medical Center

Lise Alschulder ND, Assistant Director of the Fellowship, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine

Gerard Mullin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Integrative GI Nutrition Services, Director of Capsule Endoscopy for the Gastroenterology division, Johns Hopkins University

Marvin Singh, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD

Maria Mascarenhas, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Planning Committee

Kathryn Witzeman, MD, Associate Professor Denver Health Medical Center

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, CCFP; Director of the Fellowship, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, Arizona


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