Everything You Should Know About Chronic Pelvic Pain

Have you experienced a painful sensation in your pelvic area, the area below the belly button and between your hips? If you do, and if you are experiencing it for months or even longer, then you might have chronic pelvic pain. 

A number of different reasons can cause chronic pelvic pain. It can be a symptom of another disease or it could be a condition in its own right.

Here are some of the possible causes of your pelvic pain:

Endometriosis

Endometriosis means that the cells that normally line the inside of the endometrium, which is the inside of the uterus, grow inappropriately, usually on the outer area of the organs such as the bladder, ovaries, or rectum. 

Symptoms of Endometriosis include:

  • Pelvic pain or cramps before or during period
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Pain when you ovulate
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Rectal bleeding during period
  • Infertility
  • Lower back pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Spotting between periods

Adenomyosis

Similar to endometriosis, in adenomyosis, the cells that normally line the uterus invade the muscle tissue of the uterus wall. Unfortunately, not all women who have this health condition experience symptoms. 

Symptoms of Adenomyosis include:

  • Pain during period
  • Heavy periods
  • Pressure on bladder or rectum
  • Periods that last longer than usual
  • Spotting between periods

Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is an inflamed bladder, one that is not caused by an infection. It commonly affects women between their 30s and 40s. 

Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis include:

  • Urge to urinate very often
  • Discomfort when you urinate
  • Pain during sex

Pelvic Support Problems

Women can experience pain in the pelvic area when the muscles and ligaments that hold the organs in place weaken. It is typically caused by pregnancy and childbirth. When this happens, the organs move from their normal places and herniate into the vagina. It is also possible for the vagina to change its shape. 

Symptoms of Pelvic Support Problems include:

  • Leaking urine
  • Feeling like something is coming out of the vagina
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Difficulty with bowel movements
  • In severe cases, pelvic organs bulge into the vagina or stick out the vaginal opening

Vulvodynia

This is a pain in the vulva with no apparent reason. The pain from this condition may be constant, or it may come and go. 

Symptoms of Vulvodynia include:

  • Burning or stinging sensations in the vulva
  • Pain when something presses on the vulva
  • Pain in the inner thighs

Psychological

For some women, the cause of pelvic pain is psychological. However, that doesn’t mean the pain isn’t real. What’s difficult about psychological pain is that the woman experiences pain, but there really is no identifiable physical cause. This is usually due to emotional issues that manifest physically. Additionally, women who suffered through sexual abuse or assault may have chronic pelvic pain. 

Symptoms of psychological pain include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Stress

Conclusion

Chronic pelvic pain is a complex condition that can be due to multiple reasons. There are times when a single disorder may be identified as the cause. However, in some cases, the pain may be due to some other serious medical condition. It is best to have it checked by your doctor for proper assessment of what could be causing your pelvic pain. 

One of the effective ways to ease pelvic pain is to strengthen and tighten the muscles of the pelvic floor. You can do this by doing kegel exercises. For this, contact Kegelmaster today!

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