Chronic pelvic pain occurs before, during or after menstruation. The condition can include a number of underlying problems that appear as other symptoms, and may cause unhappiness or other mood problems as a result of the pain.
Symptoms associated with pelvic pain include the following:
- Pain in the pelvic area
- Pain before, during or after urination
- Pain unassociated with your menstrual period
- Difficulty passing stools, diarrhea or constipation.
Your doctor will perform a complete pelvic exam which can include a Pap test. Blood and urine tests will be conducted to determine if you have any type of infection. Also, your doctor may recommend testing to ensure you do not have a sexually transmitted disease.
If the tests are inconclusive, your physician may schedule a transvaginal ultrasound, MRI or CT scan.
Because of the many causes and symptoms of chronic pelvic pain, it is very important to have a complete multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Summa Health System has a Pelvic Pain Specialty Center to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain. The Center’s multidisciplinary team of gynecology, psychiatry and traumatic stress specialists is ready to assist you with a variety of treatment options.
For more information about Summa’s Pelvic Pain Specialty Center or to schedule an evaluation, click or call (800) 237-8662 to schedule an appointment.