Pelvic pain in women is pain below the belly button. Chronic pelvic pain means you have had this pain for at least 6 months. The pain can range from a mild ache that comes and goes to a steady pain that makes it hard to sleep, work, or enjoy life.
It can be hard to know what causes this pain. You may need a number of tests to find the cause. Some common causes include problems with your reproductive system and diseases of the urinary tract or bowel. Sometimes chronic pelvic pain may be related to past or current physical or sexual abuse. But doctors can't always find the cause. This does not mean the pain is not real or that it is "in your head." It is real pain, and you need to treat it.
If your doctor finds the cause of the pain, you treat the cause. For example, if the cause is hormonal, you might need to take birth control pills. But if the tests don't show a cause, you can take steps to help with the pain.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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