What’s Causing My Pelvic Pain?
Pelvic pain is a common problem for women. It’s a general term for pain that occurs below the belly button. That includes pain in the lower belly, lower back, and genital area. About 15 percent of women of childbearing age have pelvic pain lasting for at least six months. Many others experience it occasionally.
Help Is Here
Yet pelvic pain isn’t something you just have to accept as part of being female. Help is available. There are several possible causes for the pain, each with its own treatment. But the first step toward finding relief is always the same: seeing your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
Different women experience pelvic pain in various ways. The pain may be steady, or it may come and go. In some cases, it occurs at specific times, such as during a woman’s menstrual period or when she needs to use the bathroom.
Talk with Your Doctor
Possible causes of pelvic pain include:
- Endometriosis—a condition in which tissues normally found inside the uterus grow elsewhere in the pelvic region
- Adhesions—abnormal bands of tissue that form between pelvic organs and tissues
- Pelvic floor disorders—injury or weakening of the muscles and tissues that hold pelvic organs in place
- Interstitial cystitis—a condition that causes recurring discomfort in the bladder area
- Urinary tract infection—an infection in the kidneys, bladder, or tubes that carry urine
If you’re a woman experiencing pelvic pain, see your doctor. In addition to asking about your symptoms and performing an exam, your doctor may use lab tests, imaging, or a scope procedure to track down the source of your discomfort.
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