Pelvic pain is a common complaint for any woman to have. When pain in your pelvic region disrupts your daily activity, it is important for you to contact your physician for an evaluation of its cause.
At your visit, your physician will need to conduct a detailed medical history and physical exam to help determine the cause of your pain. In addition to your office visit, you may be asked to have a radiologic study such as ultrasound or CT scan performed to examine your uterus, ovaries and lower abdomen for specific causes.
Gynecologic causes of pelvic pain include infection/pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, adenomysis and ovulatory pain. Some non-gynecologic causes of pelvic pain include: intestinal issues (constipation, irritable bowel), urologic or bladder causes (urinary tract infection, interstitial cystitis), muscular pains and depression.
You may be asked to keep a pain diary to help narrow the causes of your pain. Things you will be asked to document are specifics on timing of your pain with your menstrual cycle, intercourse, physical activity, bowel movements and urination. Click here for more information.