Pelvic pain affects many women and may be symptomatic and caused by a wide variety of conditions, from endometriosis or fibroids, to more serious conditions like cancer.
It is not easy to pinpoint the exact cause of pelvic pain since it can be a symptom of many different conditions. If the pain is persistent and recurring, it is recommended you meet with a specialist to discuss your personal health history, your current health circumstances, and the symptoms you are experiencing to determine the cause of the pain.
Pain-Causing Health Conditions
If you’re experiencing pelvic pain, these are some of the conditions specific to women’s health that commonly result in pain:
Reproductive disorders affecting the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes
Fibroids, noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear for women in their 40s and 50s
Cysts, a sac-like pocket of tissue that contains fluid, air, or other substances
Endometriosis, a condition that occurs when bits of the tissue that lines the uterus grow on other pelvic organs, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes
Pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs often caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STIs)
Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, which typically occurs because the fallopian tube is damaged by inflammation or is misshaped
Bowel or bladder issues
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common disorder that affects the large intestine
Ulcerative colitis, a severe inflammatory bowel disease which may require surgery
Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the digestive tract
Urinary tract infection and disorders of the kidneys or bladder
When To See A Doctor For Pelvic Pain
If your pain is recurring, and conservative measures like over-the-counter medications fail to relieve the pain, you may want to consider meeting with your female health specialist:
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we urge you to see seek immediate medical attention as you could be experiencing a serious medical condition which may require urgent immediate medical help.
Yellow skin (jaundice)
Abdominal swelling and tenderness