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Chronic pelvic pain is one of the many pelvic floor disorders women suffer from. It's pain that lasts longer than 6 months. The pain is below the belly button and can be internal or external. The pain can vary. It can be burning, it can be sharp, and it can feel like cramps. Sometimes it is hard to diagnose but it can be treated effectively.

Causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain can be caused by any of the organs, tissues, or structures below the belly button. That would include structures like the uterus, the bladder, the small bowel, the rectum, and the vagina. Some of the common causes for chronic pelvic pain include endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic floor trauma like from childbirth, and vaginal dryness from aging.

What Does Pelvic Pain Feel Like?

Chronic pelvic pain varies from patient to patient. It can be mild, it can be severe. The pain can be sharp, burning, cramping, it can even be a dull ache. The pain can happen anytime. It can happen during intercourse, during bowel movements, or when you urinate.

Diagnosing Chronic Pelvic Pain

Your doctor will start with a complete history and pelvic exam. Imaging studies, muscle tests, nerve tests, and blood and urine tests could follow.

Treatment for Chronic Pelvic Pain

There are conservative and aggressive treatments available for chronic pelvic pain. Some of the more conservative approaches include behavioral modification and physical therapy. Some of the more aggressive treatments include with topical, injectable, and oral medications. The most aggressive treatments include surgery. The good news is women don't have to suffer from chronic pelvic pain. Treatment is available.

Chronic Pelvic Pain Specialists

CHI Health physicians are specially trained to treat Chronic Pelvic Pain and understand that the symptoms associated with these conditions are often uncomfortable and embarrassing. They are committed to providing proactive and compassionate care this is individualized to your unique condition. Questions? Contact our pelvic specialists online now.

Michael Feloney, M.D. Jimmy Khandalavala, M.D. Peggy Jones, M.D. Sami Zeineddine, M.D.
Michael Feloney, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Urology & Urogynecology
Jimmy Khandalavala, M.D.,
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Peggy Jones, M.D.,
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sami Zeineddine, M.D.,
Obstetrics & Gynecology