Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain (and What to Do About It)

If you're a woman who suffers from chronic pelvic pain, it can be difficult to focus on much else.

If you’re a woman who suffers from chronic pelvic pain, it can be difficult to focus on much else. There are many possible causes of this kind of pain — which occurs in the area below your belly button and between your hips — and it’s often difficult to isolate one single cause of pain.

Your pain may be steady or intermittent, sharp or dull. It may occur during intercourse, while going to the bathroom, or when sitting for long periods. It may include cramping and pressure, and it may be so debilitating that you can’t function well.

All of this makes it important to find a skilled physician to help you diagnose and treat your problem. Dr. Jehuda Renan in Tarzana, California, is just such a doctor, and he’s glad to offer you his experience if you’re suffering from pelvic pain.

Common causes of pelvic pain

Pelvic pain may have one cause or multiple causes that are working together to produce your pain. Some of the most common causes include:

Endometriosis: This is a condition where tissue from the lining of your uterus grows outside of your uterus. These cells still thicken, break down, and bleed according to your menstrual cycle, except the blood and tissue can’t exit the body. They remain in the abdomen, which can lead to painful cysts and scar tissue.

Musculoskeletal problems: Issues that affect your bones and muscles can lead to pelvic pain. This includes conditions such as fibromyalgia, pelvic floor muscle tension, and inflammation of the pubic joint.

Fibroids: These are growths in your uterus that can cause pressure and heaviness in your abdomen. They’re not cancerous.

Painful bladder syndrome: Also called interstitial cystitis, this inflamed bladder condition can cause pelvic pain as your bladder fills up. It can also result in frequent urination.

Irritable bowel syndrome: The bloating, constipation, and diarrhea that are part of IBS can also cause pelvic pain and pressure. 

Treatment for pelvic pain

At your visit, Dr. Renan likely runs a few tests to determine just what the issue is. These may include a pelvic exam, lab tests, imaging tests, or even laparoscopic surgery. 

Your exact treatment varies depending on Dr. Renan’s diagnosis, but possible treatments include pain relievers, hormone treatments, antibiotics, and antidepressants. Other possible therapies include physical therapy, neurostimulation, and trigger point injections to numb the pain. Surgery may also be necessary to remove tissue that’s causing pain.

If you find yourself dealing with chronic pelvic pain and it’s not getting any better, contact Dr. Renan at his Tarzana, California, office. He and his team can guide you through whatever issue you’re facing with skill, experience, and compassion. To relieve your pain, call today or book your appointment online.

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