There is still so much to learn about Women’s Health, and Pelvic Pain in particular.

We are currently involved in 3 research projects, including:

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Research Title:  MicroRNAs as a diagnostic tool for Endometriosis

Researchers: Dr Louise Hull (Gynaecologist), Dr Vicki Nisenblat (University Adelaide), Dr Johnathan McGuane (University Adelaide), Dr Susan Evans

Research institution: We are working with the Endometriosis Research Group at University of Adelaide

Why we are doing this research? We hope to find a way to diagnose endometriosis with a blood test, rather than surgery. This would avoid the need for surgery in some women and hopefully make it easier to diagnose endometriosis earlier when treatment may be more effective.

Who can be involved? Any of our patients who are having a laparoscopy for endometriosis and are not currently using any form of hormonal medication, such as the oral contraceptive pill, a mirena iucd or implanon.

What would I need to do? If you would like to be involved, are having a laparoscopy with us, and are not on any form of hormonal treatment, then we may ask you if we can take a blood test and a small sample of the lining of the uterus at your operation. This lining of the uterus is the tissue that bleeds away during a period and then grows again next month.

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Research Title:  Chronic pelvic pain: development over time, link to childhood pain, and associated symptoms

Researchers: Ms Gemma Hardi (Flinders University), Dr Susan Evans, Dr Meredith Craigie (Pain Medicine Physician)

Research institution: We are working with Flinders University Medical School

Why we are doing this research? We believe that many women have pain for years before the causes are found and managed. While period pain may be the commonest type of pain we see, many of our patients have other problems too. Many had pain problems as a child.

We hope to gather information to see if this is correct. By learning more about pelvic pain, it may be possible to diagnose it earlier, and manage pelvic pain in girls and women more effectively.

Who can be involved? Any women over the age of 18 who come to see Dr Evans with pelvic pain.

What would I need to do? All women who come to see Dr Evans are asked to fill in a questionnaire about their pain before they come (the pink sheets). It is part of our normal patient care. If you are happy to allow Ms Gemma Hardi to use the information in the questionnaire (after the sheet with your name has been removed) for our study, then you only need to sign the consent form sent out to you with the pink forms.

Dr Evans will not know if you have agreed to have the information used or not, so you will not be treated differently in any way, whichever you decide. Ms Hardi will not know your name or other identifying information so your privacy is assured.

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Research Title: Best practice management of pelvic muscle pain: an audit of clinical practice

Researchers: Ms Lauren Locke (Curtin University), Dr Patricia Neumann (Physiotherapist), Ms Sonia Scharfbillig (Physiotherapist), Dr Susan Evans.

Research Institution: We are working with Curtin University Physiotherapy Department

Why we are doing this research?  Pelvic muscle pain has only recently been recognised as a major cause of pelvic pain. There is still a lot to learn about the best way to treat painful pelvic muscles. This project will help us to understand the problem better and to improve our treatment.

Who can be involved? Women with pelvic muscle pain

What would I have to do?  All women who come to see Dr Evans are asked to fill in a questionnaire about their pain before they come (the pink sheets). It is part of our normal patient care. If you are diagnosed with pelvic muscle pain, and physiotherapy or Botox injections are recommended as treatment, you will be asked to fill in four other questionnaires. These are also part of our normal patient care for women with this type of pain. You will be asked to fill them in again a few months later to see how effective these treatments have been for you. If you are happy to allow Ms Lauren Locke to use the information in the questionnaires (after the sheet with your name has been removed) for our audit, then you only need to sign the consent form provided with the additional questionnaires.

Dr Evans will not know if you have agreed to have the information used or not, so you will not be treated differently in any way, whichever you decide. Ms Locke will not know your name or other identifying information so your privacy is assured.

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