What is pudendal neuralgia?
Pudendal neuralgia is a rare problem with the pudendal nerve that
can affect both men and women. The pudendal nerve runs through your pelvic
region, including your genitals,
urethra, anus, and
perineum. Your perineum is the area between your anus
and genitals. The condition is also known as pudendal neuropathy, pudendal
nerve entrapment, cyclist's syndrome, pudendal canal syndrome, or Alcock’s
Pudendal neuralgia can cause pain, especially when you sit. Men
with pudendal neuralgia may have pain in the buttocks,
scrotum, penis, and perineum. Women with pudendal
neuralgia may have pain in their buttocks,
vulva, urethra, and perineum.
Latest Information About Pudendal Neuralgia
The following online resource provides the latest information on
- Society for Pudendal Neuralgia (SPuN). This nonprofit organization provides accurate clinical
information to people with pudendal neuralgia and health professionals who want
to learn more about the condition. You can find more information at
- Chronic Female Pelvic Pain
- Electromyogram (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies
Other Works Consulted
Benson JT, Griffis K (2005). Pudendal neuralgia, a
severe pain syndrome. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 192(5): 1663–1668.
|By: ||Healthwise Staff ||Last Revised: September 6, 2011|
|Medical Review: ||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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