Pelvic pain is a common problem in women. The cause is often not
clear. It can have many causes. In some cases, no disease can be found. Pelvic pain can
be either acute or chronic. Acute means the pain is sudden and severe. Chronic means the
pain either comes and goes or lasts for months or longer. Pelvic pain that lasts longer
than 6 months and doesn't improve with treatment is known as chronic pelvic pain. Pelvic
pain may start in genital or other organs in and around the pelvis. In some cases, it
may be psychological. This can make pain feel worse or cause pain, when no physical
problem is found.
Pelvic pain can have many causes,
Some of the conditions that can
lead to chronic pelvic pain may include:
These are examples of the different
types of pelvic pain most commonly described by women, and their possible cause or
origin. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Type of pain
Tests will be done to find the
cause of the pelvic pain. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions about the pain
Tell your healthcare provider all
you can about the timing of the pain and other symptoms related to eating, sleeping,
sexual activity, and movement. This can help with a diagnosis.
The healthcare provider will give
you a physical and pelvic exam. You may have tests such as:
You may also have tests such as:
Treatment may include:
If a physical cause can’t be found,
your healthcare provider may refer you for counseling. This can help you cope with
chronic pain. In other cases, you may benefit from:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:
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