Chronic pelvic pain is defined as the pain in your pelvis (lower abdomen) that lasts for more than 6 months. Pelvic pain is usually the symptom of a disease. There are a considerable number of gynaecological problems responsible for pelvic pain. Finding the problem or the reason for your pelvic pain is not always straightforward and this can be frustrating sometimes.
Common conditions casuing pelvic pain include:
- Endometriosis More info
- Pelvic inflammatory disease: It may be sexually transmitted
- Pelvic congestion syndrome: Varicose veins in your pelvis
- Residual ovarian syndrome: When a small piece of an ovary is left after surgery, occasionally it may develop into small cysts that can be trapped in your pelvic wall causing pain.
- Fibroids: Degeneration (transformation into a different tissue) of fibroids may casue pain. Big sized fibroids may cause pressure and pain as well.
- Other reasons (non gynaecological) for pain are: Interstitial cystitis, Irritable Bowel syndrome and chronic stress.
As part of the investigations to find a reason for your chronic pain are: Internal examinations, vaginal swabs, pelvic scans and laparoscopy. The treatment should be directed at the suspected cause of pain.
You should seek medical advice when a chronic pain is interfering with your normal life or daily activities.