Do you ever feel pain in your pelvic region? Whether it feels like cramps, sore muscles, stinging, or an itch, none are pleasant. And none should be part of your everyday life, or even something you experience occasionally.
While there may be many causes of pelvic pain, several of them are caused by the reproductive system
- Adenomyosis, or when the tissue lining the uterus grows into the uterus muscle wall. It can cause painful, heavy periods.
- Endometriosis: when tissue similar to the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus, and can be painful.
- Menstrual cramps: During your period, when your pelvis aches or feels sore.
- Ectopic pregnancy: If a fertilized egg implants anywhere in the reproductive system other than the uterus, most often in one of the fallopian tubes.
- Mittelschmertz: The term for pain when you ovulate, which can feel like menstrual cramping.
- Ovarian cancer: Abnormal cells growing on your ovaries that can hurt and interfere with function.
- Ovarian cysts: Fluid-filled sacs inside or on the outer surface of one of your ovaries. If they rupture, they can cause harm.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease: An infection in your reproductive organs, often caused when a sexually transmitted disease spreads to your uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. It might not cause any symptoms, or it might be painful.
- Uterine fibroids: A noncancerous growth on the uterus, which can be tiny or very large.
- Vulvodynia: Pain around the entrance to your vagina that has no obvious cause, and can feel like a burning or irritation, and can affect everything from intercourse or sitting for long periods of time.
- Nerve Damage: damage or dysfunction to pevlic nerves that can happen through diabetic neuropathy, excessive compression (such as sitting on a bicycle seat), direct trauma to the nerves or surrounding area, issues during surgical procedures such as excessive stretching or accidental nicks/cuts.
- Muscle Issues: Pelvic floor muscle spasm, inguinal hernia, or pulled or strained muscles.
- Organ Issues: Such as Appendicitis, Chron's disease, Diverticulitis, Enlarged spleen, Kidney stones or others.
- Intestinal obstruction: anything blocking the natural disgestion process
If you feel any pain in your pelvis on a regular basis, pain that interferes with your life, or that is sudden and severe, schedule an appointment to see a doctor. Because there are so many possible causes, you need a medical professional to help you understand the issue and come up with a treatment plan together.
If you’re experiencing pain that you’ve been meaning to get checked out, schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
P.S. Issues with your pelvis might be caused by hormones. You can learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.