Acute Pelvic Pain

Written by Amy Hall
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Acute pelvic pain that comes on suddenly can be a sign of endometriosis, a chronic and progressive gynecological disease. Endometriosis is diagnosed when endometrial cells develop outside of the uterus, which causes adhesions and scar tissue to form. During menstruation, the blood shed by these misplaced endometrial cells does not exit the body via the vagina, rather it flows internally to other organs, such as the fallopian tubes, the bowel, or even the bladder. The result of this internal bleeding each month is chronic inflammation and pain.

Some women with endometriosis do not have any symptoms whatsoever until years of inflammation have caused problems with infertility. Other women experience pain very early on and seek medical attention immediately. Still, some women experience pelvic pain during their menstrual cycle and chalk it up to common symptoms associated with menses. The important thing to keep in mind is that endometriosis can occur in females as young as nine or 10 or as old as 78, though it is most commonly diagnosed during a woman's fertile years.

One of the side effects of endometriosis is the formation of scar tissue. In some cases, this scar tissue can bind two or more organs together, such as an ovary with the bowel. When this happens, a woman can experience debilitating pain that requires her to undergo surgery to remove the scar tissue. Surgery is often recommended for women who are in a great deal of pain due to excessive scar tissue. Pain medications may help relieve some of the pain, however, they cannot stop it altogether.

Pay Attention to Acute Pelvic Pain

There seems to be a genetic link to women who develop endometriosis. A woman who has a mother or sister with this disease is more likely to suffer from endometriosis as well. If you experience any type of acute pelvic pain, see your doctor immediately for testing. Catching endometriosis early on can help manage it more effectively so that you do not have to endure chronic pain and a host of other side effects associated with this disease.


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