Pain in the Pelvic Area May Involve Up to Four Systems in a Woman’s Body
Women are complicated.
This saying, sometimes used in jest, is accurate on many levels, including when you are thinking of a woman’s pelvic region, the lower part of the torso located between abdomen and legs that houses portions of four body systems. However, when there is an ongoing problem in the pelvis, most women describe what they feel in one way: pelvic pain.
What Is Pelvic Pain?
Pain is a signal from your nervous system that something is wrong. It can be acute (symptoms appear suddenly and change or worsen) or chronic (symptoms develop and worsen over a long period of time).
Because the makeup of a woman’s pelvis is intricate, chronic pelvic pain can not only be challenging to pinpoint, but also to know which type of doctor you should see first.
What Can Cause Pelvic Pain in a Woman?
Inside every woman’s pelvis, four body systems coexist and, for certain purposes, work together:
- Urinary system, including the bladder and urethra.
- Entire reproductive system, including fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, endometrium, myometrium, cervix, and vagina.
- Digestive system, including the large intestine.
- Musculoskeletal system, including the pelvic floor.
When you ask why you have pelvic pain, the answer might involve any combination of these systems and their organs or even all four. Things you might notice—including an irritable bowel, frequent urination (overactive bladder), severe bleeding and/or pain during periods, lower back pain, and even an injury to your buttocks from a fall—may be interrelated.
The bottom line: if pelvic pain isn’t examined in a holistic way with consideration for all these body systems, a woman may see multiple health care providers, undergo a variety of tests and treatments, and still not be able to get rid of pelvic pain.
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How to Relieve Pelvic Pain
Perhaps you’ve been dealing with pelvic pain for a while. You may even have received treatment for a particular diagnosis, but the pain continues. Seeing a urogynecologist may help.
A urogynecologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the organs in a woman’s pelvis, as well as muscles and connective tissue that support those organs. The Mercy Center for Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain & Urogynecology and its director, Maurice Chung, M.D., focus on uncovering the source of women’s pelvic pain, including underlying conditions related to one or more of the four body systems that may be going undetected. Many effective treatments are non-surgical.
To schedule a urogynecology appointment at Mercy, call 330-489-1379.