Don’t ignore your pelvic pain; it could indicate a health condition. The experienced doctors at Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, PA in Beaumont, Texas can help identify pelvic pain associated with urinary, reproductive, or digestive systems.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
Pelvic pain occurs in the lowest part of the pelvis and abdomen. Urinary, reproductive, or digestive systems can cause this pain, or it might be musculoskeletal in origin.
What your pelvic pain feels like depends on its cause. It can be:
- Constant or intermittent
- Sharp or dull
- Mild, moderate, or severe
- Localized or radiate to the lower back, buttocks, or upper legs
Additionally, pelvic pain might only occur during sexual activity or when you’re urinating.
There are several causes of pelvic pain, and chronic pelvic pain can be due to more than one condition. While pelvic pain can occur in both men and women, some unique conditions associated with the female reproductive system can lead to pelvic pain.
Ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages can cause pelvic pain, and so can menstruation, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts. Additional causes might include:
- Ovulation (Mittelschmerz)
- Ovarian cancer
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Some of the causes may be mild health problems, but others may be emergencies. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor to reach an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
During your appointment, your doctor will perform a pelvic exam and go over your medical history to identify the source of your pelvic pain.
Provide your doctor with as much information as possible to help make a diagnosis. That includes the location of your pain, its duration, how it begins, and if there are ways you have found relief.
If you notice a pattern with your pelvic pain symptoms — for example, pain during your menstrual cycle — record this information and share it with your doctor. Be sure to document the symptoms, when they occurred, and include the first and last day of your period.
If you have other symptoms in combination with your pelvic pain like bleeding, diarrhea, or fever, be sure to let your doctor know.
The treatment that your doctor recommends will depend on the cause of your pelvic pain.
Call Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, PA or schedule an appointment online to find the cause of your pelvic pain today.