Does your lower belly hurt even when you are not on your menstrual periods? If so, you could be having chronic pelvic pain and require diagnosis and treatment from your Alate Health specialist. However, it is vital to know what is causing it so that Andrew Doe MD can devise a suitable treatment plan for you. Here are some of the pelvic pain causes that the team at Alate Health want you to know:
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Why Are You Having Pelvic Pain?
Most women experience pelvic pain at some point when they are in their menses. While it is considered normal, it could be a symptom of conditions such as:
When you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, it means that some cells that cover the inner lining of your womb are growing outwards. They might spread to other organs such as the ovaries or rectum. Consequently, you may start experiencing menstrual cramps or pain when having sex.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Under normal circumstances, passing urine should not be a painful process. If you get a constant urge to pass urine even after you have emptied your bladder, you could be having an infection. Please do not wait until you start experiencing pelvic pain to see a doctor. Immediately seek a doctor when you notice that something is amiss.
Fibroids are tiny abnormal growths occurring in your reproductive organs such as the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. This prevents your reproductive organs from performing their functions.
What to Expect When Seeing a Doctor for Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain causes might not manifest during the first few days. So when it finally comes, you should do the following:
- Tell your doctor about how frequently the pain comes.
- Mention any medications you have been taking to relieve your pain.
- Say how many times the pain occurs.
- Inform your doctor if the pain becomes intense during your menstrual periods or when having sex.
- If you have suffered an injury or gone through a surgical procedure in the past.
After your interview, your doctor will make a proper diagnosis after performing physical exams and running blood or urine tests. In some cases, your doctor may need to test you for STIs or pregnancy. They want to make sure your pelvic pain is not occurring based on the known causes alone. It may lead your doctor to perform imaging tests such as ultrasound, MRI, or Pap smear; the primary goal is to get a clear picture of your reproductive organs to find out what is causing your pelvic pain.
You Do Not Have to Live With Pelvic Pain
Do not assume that your pelvic pain is normal; it is not. You could be suffering from a condition that can affect your quality of life. Once you visit a doctor, be open to questions and a series of tests, the bottom line is to find out the cause and to devise an ideal medical plan to get your life back on track. Please do not wait until it is too late to see a doctor, find out what is causing your pelvic pain and visit your Alate Health gynecologist today.