Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Pelvic Pain

Women aren’t strangers to occasional twinges, and even pain, that signals changes in the body. Ovulation, menstruation, and pregnancy can all cause momentary feelings of discomfort. These pelvic pains are normal and usually subside after a few hours or day or two.

A sudden pop of pain mid-cycle usually signals ovulation, lower back pain prior to your period is a common indicator of what’s about to come, and cramps and tension low in the belly aren’t pleasant but aren’t unusual during menstruation. In pregnancy, many women experience a pulling feeling in the pelvic region due to the stretching of ligaments and supportive muscles as the baby grows.

When pain lasts more than a few days, grows in severity, or becomes worrisome, however, you should schedule a visit with your OB/GYN. Often, the pain can be attributed to the normal function of the female body, but there are other times when your doctor needs to look further to find the source of your pelvic pain.

No matter what you suspect might be causing it, never, ever ignore pain in your pelvic region. Pain in your pelvis could be a sign of something more dire that needs medical attention as soon as possible.

When pelvic pain is a red flag

Pain in the lowest part of your abdomen, or in your pelvis, could have many causes. The source of your pain may arise from problems with your urinary tract, digestive system, or reproductive organs or may be associated with a musculoskeletal issue.

Pelvic pain can present itself in all kinds of ways. It may be sharp and sudden, intermittent, or constant. You may feel a dull ache or a throbbing, intense pain. The pain may radiate to other areas, such as your lower back or thighs. Your pelvic pain may coincide with urination, when you have a bowel movement, or even during sexual intercourse.

Common causes of pelvic pain

There are several conditions that cause pelvic pain, some more serious than others. All of these conditions require a doctor’s diagnosis. Here are some possible causes for your pelvic pain.

Among other conditions that can be linked to pelvic pain, some are very serious and require immediate attention, such as miscarriage, cancer, or an STD. The best way to prevent serious health complications is to seek treatment for your pain as soon as possible, no matter what you may suspect is the cause.

Don’t put off pelvic pain treatment

Women lead busy lives and often put themselves on the back burner, but pain of any kind should never be ignored. Pelvic pain that’s unusual, constant, or extreme requires prompt medical attention. If you suffer from pelvic pain, contact Jehuda Renan, MD, FACOG, immediately for an appointment.

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