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October 24, 2017  
COMMUNITY: Frequently Asked Questions
Uterus1: Do a lot of women have chronic pelvic pain?
Dr. Bruce Kahn: Chronic pelvic pain in women accounts for about 10 percent of visits to gynecologists’ offices. Thus, it has been and remains a very common problem. Women, with chronic pelvic pain are often treated for conditions such as endometriosis, chronic vulvar pain or recurring yeast infections. The research group with which I have been working has discovered significant overlaps of these diseases with pain syndromes related to other body systems such as the bowel, the bladder or the musculoskeletal systems. For example, we have found that many patients diagnosed with endometriosis also have a bladder condition known as interstitial cystitis. Treatments for interstitial cystitis may help the pain of endometriosis. This more “holistic” view of chronic pain has helped uncover more therapies that avoid the need for surgery. In the future, I think that fewer women with chronic pelvic pain will require surgery for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Bruce Kahn: Chronic pelvic pain in women accounts for about 10 percent of visits to gynecologists’ offices. Thus, it has been and remains a very common problem. Women, with chronic pelvic pain are often treated for conditions such as endometriosis, chronic vulvar pain or recurring yeast infections. The research group with which I have been working has discovered significant overlaps of these diseases with pain syndromes related to other body systems such as the bowel, the bladder or the musculoskeletal systems. For example, we have found that many patients diagnosed with endometriosis also have a bladder condition known as interstitial cystitis. Treatments for interstitial cystitis may help the pain of endometriosis. This more “holistic” view of chronic pain has helped uncover more therapies that avoid the need for surgery. In the future, I think that fewer women with chronic pelvic pain will require surgery for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Bruce Kahn

Dr. Bruce Kahn


Dr. Bruce Kahn is a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Kahn completed a medical internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chicago, IL. He completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and Abington Memorial Hospital near Philadelphia, PA. Following his residency, Dr. Kahn was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He served on active duty as a staff physician at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. He joined the Scripps Clinic in 1999 and has pioneered work in the department and the region on the technique of laparoscopic hysterectomy. Dr. Kahn spends his free time with his wife and two children.

Dr. Bruce Kahn

Dr. Bruce Kahn


Dr. Bruce Kahn is a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Kahn completed a medical internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chicago, IL. He completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and Abington Memorial Hospital near Philadelphia, PA. Following his residency, Dr. Kahn was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He served on active duty as a staff physician at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. He joined the Scripps Clinic in 1999 and has pioneered work in the department and the region on the technique of laparoscopic hysterectomy. Dr. Kahn spends his free time with his wife and two children.

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