when is pelvic pain serious

Pelvic Pain is pain that is felt in the lower part of the abdomen where the bladder, bowels, uterus, and ovaries are located. This kind of pain usually stems from the reproductive system, urinary system or the digestive system and can be classified as either chronic or acute pain. There are a number of serious and non-serious reasons as to why a woman might experience pain or discomfort in the pelvic region, therefore it is important to distinguish between the two so as to seek medical attention when appropriate. The following are some of the serious conditions which present pelvic pain

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that can cause pelvic pain in women and may need medical attention depending on the symptoms being presented by the patient. It is a disorder in which endometrial tissue grows outside of the lining of the uterus. Endometriosis usually causes a stabbing pain during menstruation or repeatedly during the cycle. 

Fibroids

Fibroids are benign tumors that grow on the lining of the uterus and can be quite painful. The pain can be dull or sharp and is experienced during sex or menstruation. The size and number of fibroids are likely to affect the severity of the pain because the pain originates from the tumor pushing against the nerves or organs.  

Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is another condition that is associated with pelvic pain because of the severe menstrual cramps in causes. Adenomyosis is when the endometrium is in the muscular wall of the uterus. Women get to experience pain from adenomyosis between periods, when urinating, during sexual intercourse or bowel movement.

Pudendal Neuralgia

This is a condition that causes pelvic pain and yet it is oftentimes undiagnosed or unrecognized. Pudendal neuralgia is caused by irritation or damage to the pudendal nerve. Pain from pudendal neuralgia can be felt in the form of aching, burning or itching in between the anus and vagina.

Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis is a bladder condition that causes pain or discomfort in the pelvic region. Women with Interstitial Cystitis usually experience dull aches or piercing pain in the pelvic area because of bladder inflammation. 

Ovarian Cysts

An ovarian cyst is a noncancerous pocket in or on the ovary. They are usually asymptomatic and disappear by themselves unless they rupture or get too big. Symptoms of ovarian cysts include sharp or dull aches in the abdomen or severe sudden pelvic pain which might indicate a rupture of the cyst.

Contact a medical professional if you are experiencing pelvic pain because treatment options are dependent on the diagnosis. We offer many different options for pelvic pain treatment in our West Los Angeles and Glendale locations and always happy to welcome new patients.