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Pelvic pain is the generic term for pain that is felt in the lower part of the abdomen. It may affect a small part or the pain may be spread around the whole pelvic area.
Pelvic pain may present as sudden and severe, which is known as acute pelvic pain, or the pain may last for six months or more, which is known as chronic pelvic pain.
If you are experiencing pelvic pain, you may have felt one or more of the following:
Pelvic pain is far more common in women than in men. Most causes of pelvic pain are not serious, but there are a few conditions that require urgent treatment. If the pain is severe, getting worse, painful to touch and it hurts to move, if you find it difficult to go to the toilet, are pregnant, are experiencing a very high temperature or find it painful to urinate, then you should call 111 or get an urgent doctor’s appointment.
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There are a number of different things that may cause pelvic pain in women.
There are a number of different ways a doctor may diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain.
They will ask you questions about your symptoms. Although you may find it embarrassing, it is important that you answer open and honestly. Rest assured that our expert consultants will treat you with the respect and dignity you deserve.
Various tests may be carried out, including a urine test if a UTI is suspected and blood test to check for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections and other heath conditions.
A minimally-invasive diagnostic laparoscopy, which involves putting a small tube with a light and camera into the body, may be carried out to check for conditions such as ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy or ovarian cancer.
A pelvic ultrasound may be performed in order to look for growths in the pelvic area or a doppler ultrasound will check for blood flow in the pelvic blood vessels.
A CT scan, MRI scan or X-ray may also be necessary.
The treatment for pelvic pain depends on the diagnosis. Sometimes pelvic pain can be successfully treated with hormone medicines, painkillers, antibiotics, physiotherapy or simple lifestyle changes, such as making dietary changes.
It might be the case that the surgeon has to carry out laparoscopy surgery, for example draining a large ovarian cyst. If cancer is suspected, a tissue sample will be taken during the laparoscopy to be tested in a laboratory. Endometriosis can be treated via laparoscopy as the surgeon uses the images to carefully guide fine surgical instruments to apply heat, a laser, an electric current, or a beam of special gas to the patches of endometrial tissue. This will destroy the tissue.
If fibroids are the cause of your pelvic pain, surgery to remove the fibroids from the uterus, known as a myomectomy, may be carried out.
Vaginal prolapse surgery, an invasive surgical treatment to repair either the front or rear vaginal walls, may be required to return the vagina to its natural position, repairing the wall tissues and strengthening the vagina to help prevent a prolapse from recurring.
On rare occasions, a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus) may be required to treat conditions like endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse involving the uterus and certain gynaecological cancers. A hysterectomy is a major surgery and is usually only considered if there is no other alternative.
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What does pelvic pain feel like?
Pelvic pain can take a number of forms. It may feel a dull, heavy ache which may be constant or it may be sharp and severe and come on suddenly. You may experience pain down one side or it may also be felt around your back. Pelvic pain may coincide with your period.
How do you relieve pelvic pain?
This really depends on what is causing your pelvic pain. Some women find a hot water bottle, hot bath or heat patches can provide temporary relief. Women with pelvic pain in pregnancy may be advised to do manual therapy to help the joints move normally and muscle-strengthening exercises. Pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain should be as active as possible within their pain limits, but avoid any activities that make pain worse.
Over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, may help ease more minor pelvic pain.
When should I go to the doctor for pelvic pain?
You should see a doctor about your pelvic pain if you are also experiencing one or more of the following:
What organs are in my pelvic area?
A typical female pelvis contains the uterus (womb), two ovaries, two fallopian tubes, a cervix (opening to the womb), vagina, rectum (the lowest part of the large intestine), bladder and urethra. Illness or injury to one of these may be the root cause of your pelvic pain.
Is Pelvic Pain common during pregnancy?
Pelvic pain in pregnancy is quite common, with up to one in five pregnant women believed to be affected by pelvic girdle pain to some degree.
It is not always known what causes some women to experience pelvic pain in pregnancy, but it’s believed to be linked to uneven movement of the pelvic joints, previous damage to the pelvis and the weight or position of the baby.
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