Pelvic pain may have multiple causes, including:
Some of the conditions that can lead to chronic pelvic pain may include:
Other causes may be related to problems in the digestive, urinary, or nervous systems.
The following are examples of the different types of pelvic pain most commonly described by women, and their possible cause or origin. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Type of pain
Tests will be done to determine the cause of the pelvic pain. In addition, your healthcare provider may ask you questions regarding the pain such as:
Additional information about the timing of the pain and the presence of other symptoms related to activities such as eating, sleeping, sexual activity, and movement can also help your healthcare provider in determining a diagnosis.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical and pelvic exam, you may have other tests including:
Specific treatment for pelvic pain will depend on the cause of the pain and will be discussed with you by your healthcare provider based on:
Treatment may include:
If a physical cause can’t be found, your healthcare provider may refer you for counseling to help you better cope with chronic pain. In other cases, healthcare providers may recommend a multidisciplinary treatment using a number of different approaches, including nutritional modifications, environmental changes, physical therapy, and pain management.
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