Occasional pelvic pain is not unusual for most women to feel from time to time, but when it becomes chronic, it can interfere with daily living. Chronic pelvic pain may be a condition on its own or a symptom of another. Either way, it’s crucial to seek a medical evaluation, from experienced professionals such as the team at Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association, PC, with locations in Memphis, Germantown, and Bartlett, Tennessee, as well as Southaven, Mississippi. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
Any pain between your hips and belly button that lasts for six months or longer can be considered chronic pelvic pain. In many cases, no single cause can be pinpointed. Pelvic pain may be due to another condition, or it may exist on its own. Typically, chronic pelvic pain doesn’t have a single point of origin but instead seems to emanate from general areas. It can be both sharp or dull, intermittent or constant, and it may be accompanied by feelings of heaviness or pressure in the pelvic area.
Other symptoms may include pain during intercourse, pain that accompanies urination or bowel movements, or pain that develops after sitting for an extended time. Similarly, you may develop pelvic pain after standing for a long period, but find relief when you lie down. The intensity may be mild yet annoying, or it may keep you from sleep, work, or exercise.
When causes of chronic pelvic pain can be identified, it may be due to a single condition or a combination of factors. Common contributors to chronic pelvic pain include:
Depending on the causes of your pelvic pain, medications may target pain, infections, or hormonal cycles. Hormone therapy may be effective if your pelvic pain seems tied to your menstrual cycle.
Physical causes, such as uterine fibroids or endometriosis, for example, may be treated using minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopy and robotically-assisted surgery. In rare cases where symptoms are severe, and you’re past your childbearing years, partial or full hysterectomy may be considered.