Many of us struggle with unidentified pain in our pelvic region – between our belly button and downward, in the middle of our hips. Some occasional flair-ups are to be expected, depending on your activities, but there’s no reason for that to be a long-term problem unless something is wrong. Sometimes, the pain can be a symptom of another medical issue, while in other instances, the uncomfortableness is a problem of its own.
You might feel intermittent pain, or severe, steady hurting in your pelvis. Some instances might be a dull ache, while other times you might feel sharp pains, or cramping. It might also hurt during sex, while you use the restroom, or when you’ve been sitting for quite some time.
If your pain is interrupting your daily life, it’s time to call a doctor. Causes they will explore include:
- Tension in your pelvic floor: caused by spasms in the muscles in your pelvis, this can be a recurring painful issue.
- Endometriosis: when tissue that normally grows within your uterus instead grows somewhere outside of your uterus. It responds to your monthly cycle the same way, so the bleeding and breaking down happens, causing scar tissue and pain.
- Fibroids: growth that can occur on your uterus and might cause pressure in your pelvis.
- Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease: sometimes caused by a sexually transmitted disease, a long-term infection could have caused scarring in and around your pelvis.
- Painful bladder syndrome: this happens when you feel the need to urinate frequently, causing recurring pain. It can particularly hurt when your bladder is filling, and might not feel so bad after you use the bathroom.
- Irritable bowel syndrome: when you feel bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, it can cause pain in your pelvic region.
To find the source of the pain, your doctor might order some lab tests, an ultrasound, or a laparoscopy. Treatments might include hormone therapy, antidepressants (which can help with chronic pain), over-the-counter pain meds, physical therapy, or surgery.
If you’ve been going through some pelvic pain, now’s the time to get it under control, so you can enjoy the holidays! To talk to a specialist in women’s medicine, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
P.S. Pelvic pain can also be caused by hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.