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What's Causing My Female Pelvic Pain?

01.16.24 in Gynecology

What’s Causing My Female Pelvic Pain?

What's Causing My Female Pelvic Pain?

“What’s causing my pelvic pain?” is a question we hear often at our Riverwalk OBGYN women’s health clinic in San Antonio. Truth is, it can be an issue with the reproductive system, digestive, or urinary. So, finding out the root cause is the only way to eliminate or reduce the symptoms.

Common Pelvic Pain Causes

There are several types of pelvic pain that may not be considered major causes of concern. Given that women experience them regularly, and if they’re not severe, over-the-counter medications can help.

1. Ovulation

When the egg is released by the ovaries each month, temporary pain can occur. Because it generally only last for a few minutes or hours, medication is typically not required.

2. Menstrual Pain

One of the most common pelvic pain causes is cramping and menstrual pain. For one to two days each month, most women will have some level of discomfort during their menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually begin before the onset of menstruation when the uterus contracts and begins to shed its lining. In this case, over-the-counter medication offers relief, as well as a heating pad.

Chronic Conditions Causing Pelvic Pain

Uterine Fibroids. These are non-cancerous tissues in the uterus. Not only can they cause pain in the pelvic area, but also in the lower back. As a result, massive bleeding and cramps occur during menstruation. You should speak with your OB-GYN if the pain and bleeding affects your life as there are many treatments available for fibroids.

Interstitial Cystitis. Doctors are often not sure what causes this chronic bladder inflammation. But the result is painful urination, pelvic pain, and pain during sex.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is a disorder of the digestive tract which causes bloating, constipation, pain, and diarrhea. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but symptoms can be managed through reducing stress, diet, and medications.

Endometriosis. When tissue similar to that which normally lines the inside of your uterus grows outside the uterus, the condition is known as endometriosis. This condition generally involves the tissue lining your pelvis, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes. As a result, pain, bleeding, and inflammation occurs.

There are more serious pelvic pain causes. For example, a tumor, ectopic pregnancy, and appendicitis. Consequently, you should seek immediate medical attention as these conditions can be life threatening.

Other conditions causing pelvic pain include:

  • Stones in the urinary tract
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Urinary tract infections

If you are experiencing female pelvic pain or symptoms that will not go away, contact your provider at Riverwalk OBGYN women’s health in San Antonio.

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