Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain can affect women in many ways, often leading to normal activities being affected. The pain may be intermittent or constant, and it can be sharp or a dull ache.

Possible causes

  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Fibroids
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Bladder problems

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms that you may be suffering from chronic pelvic pain can include:

  • Pain during intercourse
  • Cramping or sharp pains
  • Heaviness or a feeling of pressure inside the pelvis
  • Pain during bowel movements

Diagnosis

As there are so many possible causes of chronic pelvic pain, a series of tests are usually indicated inorder to identify the source of pain. A pelvic ultrasound scan is usually the first test, however some women would require a laparoscopy.

Treatment

Possible treatments for chronic pelvic pain include:

  • Combined contraceptive pill to stop menstruation
  • Analgesics such as ibuprofen
  • Psychosexual counselling
  • Surgery to correct pelvic abnormalities
  • Antidepressants

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