Pelvic pain is a common complaint among women, and it can be caused by a variety of factors. Understanding the underlying causes of pelvic pain, as well as its associated symptoms, is key to seeking proper treatment and improving quality of life.
Pelvic pain can include pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis, pain during intercourse, urination or bowel movements, heavy bleeding or spotting, nausea and vomiting, changes in bowel or bladder function, pain during ovulation or menstrual periods.
The causes of pelvic pain can vary.
Chronic pelvic pain is a complex and often debilitating condition that affects millions of women worldwide.
It is defined as pelvic pain that lasts for more than six months and can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life. While the cause of chronic pelvic pain is not always clear, there are several factors that are known to contribute to its development.
While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, stress and certain foods have been known to trigger symptoms.
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic condition that causes pain or pressure in the bladder and pelvic region. The exact cause of IC is not known but is thought to be related to inflammation in the bladder and/or pelvic floor muscles. Symptoms of IC can include frequent urination, urinary urgency, and pain during intercourse.
Chronic pelvic pain can also be caused by irritation of the nerves of the pelvis and dysfunction of the pelvic floor musculature. Pelvic nerve entrapment is a condition in which nerves in the pelvic area become compressed or pinched, causing pain. This can occur due to injury, surgery, or conditions such as endometriosis or fibroids. Pelvic nerve entrapment can cause pain in the lower back, hips, and legs, as well as in the pelvic region.
Left side and right-side sharp pain in the pelvic area is often caused by gynecological conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or ectopic pregnancy.
Women should be concerned about pelvic pain and seek medical attention if it is severe, persistent, accompanied by other symptoms, or experience changes in bowel or bladder function. Early diagnosis and treatment can help alleviate symptoms and prevent complications.
At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, we always remind patients that pain is normalized, but not normal. A multi-modal approach to treating persistent pelvic pain is best. Always talk to your doctor about your pain and remember that you know your body best! You do not have to live with pain.