Pelvic pain is not normal. You shouldn't feel pain in your pelvic area on a daily basis, during your period, or during intercourse. If you have pain in your pelvis at any of these times, or any time in between, it could be a few different things. Read on to learn what may be causing your pelvic pain.
Endometriosis is when tissue lines the exterior of the uterus and attaches itself to other organs around the uterus. It can be extremely painful and feel as if someone is scraping your insides. It's more than severe cramping. You may have a longer than normal period, heavy bleeding, pain during intercourse, painful urination or bowel movements, or pain in between your periods. Endometriosis does not have a cure, but there may be a few things you can try to help alleviate the pain. Dietary changes or birth control pills may help alleviate the pain, as can over-the-counter pain relievers or the use of a heating pad.
Dysfunctional Pelvic Floor
A dysfunctional pelvic floor may cause you pain during intercourse. It can also cause poor bladder control. Your pelvic floor is a bowl-shaped group of muscles at the base of your pelvis. If these muscles are not in good shape, they can cause these painful issues for you. You can strengthen these muscles to alleviate pain in your pelvis. Strengthen your pelvic floor by doing Kegel exercises, which consist of flexing and relaxing your pelvic muscles. Talk to your gynecologist about the issues you've been having and ask about other ways to strengthen your pelvic floor.
Vaginal dryness can lead to pain during intercourse. If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, intercourse may lead to tearing and scarring. The scarring may cause tissue to form and build up, which may lead to even more pain. If you have dryness, use a lubricant to help. You can also talk to your gynecologist about your dryness and what else can be used to improve this and prevent tearing, scarring, and pain.
A bladder or vaginal infection can cause pain in your pelvic area. Bladder infections can cause you to feel like you need to urinate frequently and you may feel pain in your lower back (kidney area). A vaginal infection, such as a yeast infection, can cause pain as well as itchiness. You may experience excess discharge and odd odors with a yeast infection. Talk to your gynecologist about your infection and treatment options.
Pelvic pain should always be discussed with your gynecologist. Don't live with the pain or try to deal with it on your own, make an appointment right away with your gynecologist and get treated for your pain.