Pelvic pain (pain below the belly button in the anterior lower abdomen including the sex organs) may build up from many diseases and conditions. Pelvic pain can also take account of pain that comes with dysmenorrhea (painful cramps during menstruation), menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding) and dyspareunia (pain with sex), which are all common symptoms of endometriosis. Although pelvic pain is frequently referred as the pain in the region of women’s internal reproductive organs, pelvic pain can be present in men, too, and can shoot from multiple causes.
Pelvic pain might be a symptom of infection or may take place from pain in the pelvic bone or in non-reproductive internal organs, such as the bladder or colon. In women, on the other hand, pelvic pain can very well be an indication that there might be a problem with one of the reproductive organs in the pelvic area (uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, or vagina). While there is no specific classification system for pelvic pain, there are certainly different levels of pelvic pain and cramping that women can experience.
- Pelvic pain or cramps, especially during your period
- Pain during sex (dyspareunia)
- Pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
- Painful bowel movements (dyschezia)
- Painful urination (dysuria)
- Vaginal bleeding
- Rectal bleeding
- Lower back pain
Treatment relies solely upon the cause of pelvic pain, how concentrated the pain is, and how often the pain occurs. No single treatment approach has been shown to be better than another in all cases. Some treatment options include:
Many types of medicine are used to treat pelvic pain. These include pain relievers that are swallowed or injected, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants.
Hormones can help pain related to endometriosis and menstruation. These take account of the hormones that are swallowed, injected, or placed in the uterus, such as birth control pills, gonadotropin, or progestin-releasing intrauterine devices. Hormonal treatment for pelvic pain is not the same as hormone therapy that is sometimes used to treat the symptoms of menopause.
Some women’s pain is helped by changes in diet, improved posture, and regular physical activity.
Some types of pain, such as muscle and connective tissue pain, react well to physical therapy. This type of therapy might involve massage, stretching, strengthening, or learning to relax or control pelvic muscles.
Some women may need surgery to remove adhesions, fibroids, and/or endometriosis. In some cases, the surgery may also reduce or relieve pelvic pain. Some women may have surgery to cut or destroy nerves to interrupt pain signals, but such pain surgeries often are not very successful.
Counseling or “talk therapy” may help treat pain. In fact, talk therapy, when combined with medical treatment, appears to work better for improving some symptoms than does medical treatment alone.
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