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What is pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain is a term that is used to describe pain in or near a woman’s reproductive system. When a woman experiences pain in her pelvic area, it is often a sign that there is some type of medical problem occurring. Even if the pain is minimal, it should not be dismissed and instead, an appointment with a medical professional should be made as soon as possible. It is always easier to treat a medical problem in its beginning stages and allows for the highest chances of successful treatment.
According to Cleveland Clinic, more than 80 percent of patients living with chronic pelvic pain are women.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PELVIC PAIN?
While there are many symptoms that are associated with pain in the pelvic area, it is possible for a woman to only experience one of these symptoms, a few of these symptoms or even most of these symptoms. The list below containing some of the more common symptoms that are associated with pelvic pain.
- Vaginal bleeding, vaginal spotting, vaginal discharge
- Experiencing difficulty or pain when urinating
- Ongoing constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas
- Blood in stools
- Ongoing fevers or chills
- Pain in the hip or groin area
- Experiencing discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse
WHAT CAN CAUSE PELVIC PAIN?
There are a number of different causes that can cause someone to experience pelvic pain, with some of the most common listed below:
- Pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage
- Severe menstrual cramps, ovulation
- Urinary tract infection
- Kidney infection, kidney stones
- Having a sexually transmitted disease
- Having an intestinal disorder, like colitis
- Having a pinched nerve
- Ovarian disorders, like cysts
- Pelvic disorders, like pelvic inflammatory disease
- Cervical cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer
WHEN TO SEE A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL?
It is essential for any woman who experiences pain in their pelvic area suddenly to seek medical assistance as soon as absolutely possible. It is also essential for any woman who has been experiencing unexplained pain in her pelvic area to seek the assistance of a medical professional when the pain is getting in her way of being able to perform her everyday activities. A general guideline for when to see a medical professional is if the pelvic pain lasts longer than three months.
READY TO BE PAIN-FREE?
If your pelvic pain is getting in the way of your ability to live your life pain-free, then you owe it to yourself to find out the underlying reason. And the sooner the better — when you wait, it is likely that your pelvic problem will only continue to worsen, which is going to make it harder to treat.
We suggest that you make a list of all of your symptoms, along with any other information that you feel is important, so you can give this to our medical professional when you come in for a consultation appointment. The more information they have about you and your symptoms, the better able they will be when it comes to making a correct diagnosis.