Chronic pelvic pain can affect approximately 20% of women between 18-50 years old. This pain can disrupt work and other daily activities, as well as a person’s mental and emotional health. Here are the most common causes of chronic pelvic pain that can affect women.
Mild to severe menstrual cramps are often a common cause of chronic pelvic pain for women. These cramps may be managed with over-the counter pain medications. If the pain is severe enough to disrupt your daily routine, you may want to schedule an exam with a medical professional.
Benign tissue growths in the uterus called uterine fibroids can cause chronic pelvic pain in some individuals. These growths can range in size from small to the size of a grapefruit. This pain can commonly occur in the lower back during intercourse. Some women may also experience a protruding abdomen and heavier periods. Depending on their size and severity of symptoms, these fibroids may need to be surgically removed.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections can create inflammation, resulting in chronic pelvic pain. These infections are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract or bladder. Some of these infections can clear up on their own, but they typically require medical treatment with antibiotics. If left untreated, urinary tract infections may cause damage to the kidneys.
Endometriosis can cause chronic pelvic pain in women who are approximately 30 years old or having trouble conceiving. Every month, a lining in your uterus grows and thickens to prepare for pregnancy. When conception fails to happen, this lining sheds out of the body through your period. With endometriosis, this lining can grow outside of the uterus and become unable to shed through menstruation.
Chronic Pelvic Pain Treatment Options
In order to determine the exact cause of your chronic pelvic pain, an accurate diagnosis by a qualified medical professional is necessary. Core Surgical can diagnose the source of your pain and provide effective and innovative pain treatment ideal for you. These treatments may include lifestyle changes, hormone therapy, medication or surgery. Call to schedule an appointment to treat your chronic pelvic pain today.