Female pelvic pain is widely described as any pain that a woman experiences below her belly button. “Pelvic pain” can refer to many types of pain, ranging from mild to sever, dull to sharp, pain during sex, pain during urination, and even severe cramping. This pain becomes “chronic” when it persists for at least six months.
While pelvic pain is a relatively common complaint, it can result from a variety of conditions, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infection, diseases of the urinary tract, and chronic bladder irritation. Because of the variety of pain sources, it’s important that women visit their doctor as soon as they experience symptoms of pelvic pain. Physicians can conduct a pelvic exam in addition to blood and urine tests to help pinpoint the source of pain and establish a treatment to address the discomfort and return you to your quality of life.
Treating pelvic pain can be tricky as medical experts can’t always narrow down the specific cause of chronic pelvic pain. Depending on your specific issues, you may be treated with a simple medical prescription for birth control bills or hormones, sent to physical therapy for biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy, or referred for gynecologic surgery to remove a tumor. Again, your treatment options depend on your diagnosis, your physician’s recommendations, and your preferences.
What Women Put Up With: A Free Seminar Series on Women’s Health
Are you or a loved one struggling to cope with chronic pelvic pain? Bon Secours for Women is hosting a free women’s health seminar series this month throughout Hampton Roads to help raise awareness about pelvic pain and pelvic pain treatment options. Come hear the leading, local experts talk about non-surgical treatment options, minimally invasive GYN surgery, and how to care for your pelvic health at any stage in your life!
Seminars are scheduled for Virginia Beach (May 15), Suffolk (May 17), and Newport News (May 23) starting at 6pm. For more information about the seminar topics or to register visit the “What Women Put Up With” events page or call (757) 889-CARE!