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Pelvic pain may have multiple causes, including:
Some of the conditions that can lead to chronic pelvic pain may include:
Other causes may be related to problems in the digestive, urinary, or nervous systems.
The following are examples of the different types of pelvic pain most commonly described by women, and their possible cause or origin. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.
Type of pain
Tests will be done to determine the cause of the pelvic pain. In addition, your health care provider may ask you questions regarding the pain such as:
Additional information about the timing of the pain and the presence of other symptoms related to activities such as eating, sleeping, sexual activity, and movement can also help your health care provider in determining a diagnosis.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical and pelvic exam, you may have other tests including:
Specific treatment for pelvic pain will depend on the cause of the pain and be determined by your health care provider based on:
Treatment may include:
If a physical cause can’t be found, your doctor may refer you for counseling to help you better cope with chronic pain. In other cases, health care providers may recommend a multidisciplinary treatment using a number of different approaches, including nutritional modifications, environmental changes, physical therapy, and pain management.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your health care provider:
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