Chronic Pelvic Pain

Written by Amy Hall
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If you suffer from chronic pelvic pain, the first thing you should do is see your doctor. Women who experience pelvic pain throughout the month, which gets worse during their periods, often suffer from endometriosis. This gynecological disease can strike females at any time, from as young as nine or 10 years of age up through and past menopause. Many women with endometriosis have no idea they have this disease until they are alerted via symptoms that demand attention.

Common symptoms of endometriosis include: abdominal pain and cramping, painful periods, pain during intercourse, excessive bleeding, bladder and bowel problems, repeat miscarriages, painful ovulation, fever, chronic fatigue, and infertility. A woman may not pay much attention to pelvic pain that starts off mild, as she may attribute this to premenstrual syndrome, upset stomach, or even stress. However, when pelvic pain becomes chronic, something is wrong and medical attention should be sought out immediately.

When a woman suffers from endometriosis, the endometrial cells that are normally found in the uterus exist outside of the uterus. These cells respond to the changes in a woman's menstrual cycle and instead of shedding blood out the vagina, internal bleeding occurs. As this is not normal nor is it healthy, scar tissue and adhesions can form inside the pelvic cavity. It is not uncommon for two or more organs to become connected via scar tissue, such as the ovaries to the bladder or the uterus to the bowel.

Controlling Chronic Pelvic Pain

The first step in successful treatment of chronic pelvic pain is to get a medical diagnosis. If the test results point to endometriosis, you can discuss treatment options with your doctor, which may include hormone therapy, pain medication, and/or surgery. As science and medicine continue to make new advancements in the treatment of endometriosis, women should have no reason to suffer from chronic pelvic pain.

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