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. 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.
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.
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.