Pelvic pain is a complex and challenging condition that affects both men and women. It refers to pain that originates from the structures within the pelvic region, including the lower abdomen, pelvis, and reproductive organs. Pelvic pain can significantly impact a person’s daily life, causing physical discomfort and emotional distress
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What is Pelvic Pain?
Pelvic pain is a broad term that encompasses various conditions affecting the pelvic region. It can be acute (sudden and short-term) or chronic (persistent for at least six months). Common causes of pelvic pain include pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bladder disorders, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
What are the symptoms of Pelvic Pain?
- Dull Aching or Sharp Pain: Pain may be constant or intermittent, and it can vary in intensity.
- Pain during Intercourse: Painful intercourse, also known as dyspareunia, is a common symptom associated with pelvic pain.
- Painful Menstruation: Women may experience increased pelvic pain during menstruation.
- Urinary Symptoms: Pelvic pain can be accompanied by frequent or painful urination.
- Bowel Symptoms: Changes in bowel movements, including constipation or diarrhea, can be associated with pelvic pain.
- Lower Back Pain: Pain in the lower back may also be present in some cases.
- Emotional Impact: Chronic pelvic pain can lead to emotional distress, including anxiety and depression.