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. Pelvic pain conditions include:
- Vulvar disorders
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.
Chronic Pelvic Pain Diagnosis
Your healthcare provider 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 pelvic pain specialists to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain. Our specialists work as part of a multidisciplinary team of gynecology, psychiatry and traumatic stress specialists that are ready to assist you with a variety of treatment options.
For more information about Summa’s pelvic pain specialists or to schedule an evaluation, click or call 330.375.4094
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