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Female pain conditions

Female pain consists of a group of pain-related conditions which can significantly affect the lives of those who experience them.

At Integro Medical Clinic, we believe that no one should have to live with pain and are passionate to help all our patients to live normal, healthy and happy lives, with the controlled and monitored use of cannabis medications to ease pain and the anxiety that it can bring.

Female pelvic pain

Female pelvic pain is a little spoken about condition that affects thousands of women in the UK every year. It can cause overwhelming physical pain and can lead to depression and issues with sexual relationships. Female pelvic pain can affect women of all ages, from those in puberty to menopausal women with bladder and womb pain. There are a range of issues surrounding the recognition and accurate diagnosis of forms of female pelvic pain, an embarrassment by women to talk about the pain they experience during sex or pelvic and genital pain and a lack of understanding and compassion by GP’s when confronted with seemingly idiopathic pelvic pain issues.

Treatment for female pelvic pain

As diagnosis of the key causes of pelvic pain can be lengthy and complicated, this is one of the issues surrounding treating the condition, as prior to knowing the cause, curing it is virtually impossible. However, there are some medications that have been used for pelvic pain, with varying success:

  • Pain relief such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Hormone treatments such as birth control pills or hormonal medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Antidepressants


Endometriosis is a condition which affects people of any age and can have far-reaching effects on health and wellbeing, that can last throughout someone’s lifetime. Endometriosis is a condition which affects the female sex organs, where tissues from the womb starts to grow in other areas of the body. It is extremely hard to diagnose and is estimated to affect 1 in 10 women in the UK.

One reason why endometriosis is hard to diagnose is that the symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient. There are also symptoms that can be shared with other symptoms, which means that doctors will often diagnose other conditions, before endometriosis.

The symptoms to look out for include:

  • Period pain that stops you from acting out your daily activities
  • Pain in the back or lower stomach (pelvic pain)
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Nausea
  • Fertility issues
  • Pain when urinating or defecating, most common during your periods
  • Constipation, diarrhoea or blood in your urine during your periods

Treatment for Endometriosis

There is currently no cure for endometriosis, but there are some treatments that can help ease the symptoms, such as:

  • Hormone medications and contraceptives
  • Surgery to cut away patches of endometriosis tissue
  • Surgery to remove part or all of the organs affected – such as a hysterectomy
  • Opioid analgesics, often prescribed for pain, however there is a risk of long term side effects such as dependency and overdose


Vulvodynia is persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva (the female genital area including the skin surrounding the opening of the vagina). This distressing and painful condition can affect women of all ages and is often a long-term problem. It can affect relationships, reduce sex drive and cause low mood and depression. There is a huge stigma around this type of condition, where women are frequently embarrassed to talk about it or seek help.

The main symptom is persistent pain in and around the vulva and vagina. The vulva usually looks normal and the pain can arise in a variety of forms:

  • burning, stinging, throbbing or sore genital area
  • it can be triggered by touch, such as during sex or when inserting a tampon
  • it can be constantly in the background
  • It  can get worse when sitting down
  • limited to part of the vulva, such as the opening of the vagina
  • more widespread – sometimes it can spread over the whole genital area and the anus

Treatment for vulvodynia


Vulvodynia is unlikely to get better on its own and some of the treatments are only available on prescription and may not have the desired effect long term. Lifestyle changes may help reduce symptoms such as only wearing cotton underwear, using lubricants before attempting sex, cool packs to sooth the pain of the vulva and sitting on a donut shaped cushion.

Other treatments that are used, which can have unpleasant side effects include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Epilepsy medications
  • Local anaesthetic
  • Steroids

How can cannabis medicines help with my female pain issues?

Cannabis medicines can be offered to help our patients with female pain issues such as pelvic and bladder pain, endometriosis and vulvodynia.   Cannabis medicines can help to manage pain symptoms and offer comfort and relief to the lives of those living with chronic female pain issues.

Am I suitable for medical cannabis to treat my female pain issues?

For many of our patients, cannabis medicines can offer welcome relief from a range of female pain issues, including bladder pain, pelvic pain, endometriosis and vulvodynia. However, prior to a pain management plan being offered, we will ask that you attend a no obligation consultation and medical history check, so that we can provide a tailored care plan to suit your individual needs and requirements. We will ensure that you are given ongoing support and adjustments as necessary throughout your pain management with us here at Integro Medical  Clinics, to ensure you receive the very best care possible and can live a normal, happy life, free of pain and discomfort.

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