General Guidelines for Persistent Pelvic and Lower Abdominal Pain

All of the following can be accessed by patients and the public

Guidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain. European Association of Urology 2012

SOCG: Consensus Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain, Part I (2005)

SOGC: Consensus Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain, Part II (2005)

The Initial Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain “ Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists(RCOG) Guideline 2012

Dysmenorrhoea (Painful Periods)

Prodigy guidance Dysmenorrhoea


SOGC Endometriosis Guidelines (Canada) - Click here


A systematic review of Endometriosis guidelines for pelvic pain entitled " Guidelines for the management of pelvic pain associated with endometriosis: a systemic appraisal of their quality" Appleyard TL, BJOG 2006 concluded that guidelines for the management of pelvic pain associated with endometriosis published prior to 2006 do not comply with the recommendations for high-quality standards.

CNGOF- France, Endometriosis Clinical Practice Guidelines - published 2007 (Summary in English) - Click here

Germany, Endometriosis Clinical Practice Guidelines- published 2007 (in German) - Click here

Prodigy guidance for the management of Endometriosis in primary care -

The Investigation and Management of Endometriosis - RCOG Guideline 24 Oct 2006

ESHRE Guideline on the management of Endometriosis 2005 - Abstract

Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis

RCOG Bladder Pain Guideline- Published 2016 

American Urological Association Guideline Diagnosis and Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis/ Bladder Pain Syndrome - Published 2011

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

NICE guidance for Irritable Bowel Syndrome 2008 -  NICE IBS Quick reference guide 2008

NICE guidance for Irritable Bowel Syndrome 2008 -  Full Guidance

Prodigy guidance for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstrual Bleeding) - Fibroids

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding: Investigation and Treatment NICE January 2007
Full guideline (A quick reference guide is also available)

Prodigy guidance Menorrhagia

Ovarian Cysts

The Management of Ovarian Cysts in Post Menopausal Women - RCOG Guideline 34 Oct 2003

Management of Suspected Ovarian Masses in Premenopausal Women - RCOG Guideline 2011

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

The Management of Acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - RCOG Guideline 32 May 2003

Prodigy guidance for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Low Back Pain

NICE Guidance - published 2009

There are currently no guidelines for Adenomyosis, Adhesions,  the Management of Long Term Pelvic Pain and many other Pelvic Pain conditions.

Vulval Pain

British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases Guideline Group - Guidelines for the management of vulvodynia published 2010

The following e-book on Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain by Dr Susan Evans Deborah Bush may be useful