Welcome to the Center for Pelvic and Vulvar Health

MAHEC Pelvic Pain Clinic

The MAHEC Pelvic Pain Clinic provides care to female-bodied patients experiencing lower abdominal and pelvic pain for greater than six months. We are committed to working with you to address the often complex and multifactorial sources of your pain.

What is Pelvic Health?

  • Pelvic health is the foundation of healthy movement, elimination, sexuality and reproduction.
  • Pelvic health is a universal right for everyone.
  • Pelvic health requires self-love and safety.
  • Pelvic health includes non-painful walking, standing, sitting, resting.
  • Pelvic health includes non-painful sex.
  • Pelvic health includes continence of bladder and bowel functions.
  • Pelvic health includes daily painless, effortless emptying of bladder and bowels.
  • Pelvic health includes painless monthly menstruation, full recovery after childbirth and comfortable transition into menopause.
  • Pelvic health includes living from and working from a place of connection to one's true source of vitality and creativity.

Conditions We Treat

Many conditions can contribute to pelvic pain.  Pelvic pain can be cyclic (with periods or ovulation) or constant. Often more than one disease process can contribute to chronic pelvic pain and can include gynecologic and non-gynecologic sources.  Common gynecologic conditions we treat include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic floor musculoskeletal pain
  • Pain with sex
  • Chronic pelvic pain with no identified source

 

MAHEC Vulvar Clinic

The MAHEC Vulvar Clinic provides care to women throughout the region with vulvar skin conditions and genital pain. We aim to provide the most evidence based, compassionate care to help you understand your body and how to best approach your return to wellness.

What is the Vulva?

The vulva is the female external genital organ. It is the area bound by a fatty pad covered by hair (the mons), the groins, and the back passage (anus). It has outer lips (labia majora, covered by hair), the inner lips (labia minora, hair-free), and the vaginal opening. The tissue around the vaginal opening is called the vestibule.

Conditions We Treat at the MAHEC Vulvar Clinic

(This list is not exclusive.  We will work with you to find the cause of your symptoms and most effective treatment plan.)

  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Eczema
  • Pre-cancer, HPV, warts
  • Psoriasis
  • Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis
  • Chronic itching, skin infections, ulcers and rashes
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Chronic or recurrent vaginal infections due to yeast, BV or other
  • Chronic vulvar pain that may be related to one of the above conditions or spontaneous
  • Chronic pain with vaginal touch or penetration
  • Vaginal scarring of unknown cause or due to one of the above conditions

 

Additional Patient Resources

Patient education handouts from the International Pelvic Pain Society

Mindfulness and Medicine: Read and start practicing mindfulness for 15-minutes-a-day