Find Treatment for Pelvic Pain in Williamsport & Wellsboro, PA
Pelvic pain refers to pain or discomfort in the lower abdominal region, the area between the belly button and pubic bone. Pelvic pain that occurs for more than six months is called chronic pelvic pain.
If you or a loved one is suffering from pelvic pain, meet with a skilled provider at UPMC.
Symptoms of Pelvic Pain
Signs and symptoms of pelvic pain include:
- Sharp or dull pain in the pelvic region
- Pain that comes and goes
- Pain during sex
- Pain that worsens during your menstrual period
The experience of pelvic pain varies greatly from woman to woman.
Causes of Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain is usually a symptom of another problem.
Common causes of pelvic pain include:
- Endometriosis: A medical condition in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus is found outside of the uterus.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): An infection of the reproductive organs often caused by sexually transmitted bacteria.
- Adhesions: Bands of tissue that can form as part of healing after injury or surgery.
- Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome): A condition associated with the sudden urge to urinate.
- Uterine fibroids: Noncancerous or cancerous tumors of the uterus.
- Pelvic floor disorders: Weakened muscles that make it difficult to control urination.
- Irritable bowel syndrome: A condition characterized by abdominal pain and loose stools or frequent bowel movement.
- Vulvodynia: Pain in the external female genitals.
- Diverticulitis: A condition characterized by occasional inflammation of sections of the colon.
Because pelvic pain has so many different causes, healthcare providers may need to perform a variety of tests to determine why a woman is suffering from pelvic pain.
Treatment and Prevention of Pelvic Pain
Treatment and prevention options depend on the cause of your pain, your overall health, age, lifestyle habits, personal values and medical history.
Treatment for pelvic pain may include:
- Lifestyle changes: Improving your overall health may reduce pelvic pain. Lifestyle modifications may include regular physical activity and a healthy diet.
- Medication. Medications that may be used to treat pelvic pain include antibiotics, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, pain medication and hormone treatments.
- Physical therapy: Physical therapists use techniques such as massage and strengthening exercises to help improve pelvic pain.
- Counseling: Living with pain is challenging. One-on-one therapy or group counseling sessions can help you cope with chronic pelvic pain.
- Surgery: Often used to treat pelvic pain caused by endometriosis, uterine fibroids and adhesions.