“If you have pain in the area below your belly button
and above your legs,
this is known as pelvic pain”.1

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What may the Pelvic Pain Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Pelvic Pain
  • Pudendal Neuralgia

Pelvic Pain

What is pelvic pain?

DotS the definition of pelvic pain may vary. The Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s (JH) definition is:

“If you have pain in the area below your belly button and above your legs, this is known as pelvic pain”.2

The (United Kingdom) NHS definition is:

“Pelvic pain is felt in the lower part of your tummy. The type of pain varies, and it may be sudden and severe (acute pelvic pain) or last 6 months or longer (chronic pelvic pain)”.3

Chronic Pelvic Pain

What is chronic pelvic pain?

DotS the definition of chronic pelvic pain may vary. In Chronic Pelvic Pain In Women: Symptoms & Causes – Overview the (United States) Mayo Clinic’s definition is:

“Chronic pelvic pain is pain in the area below your bellybutton and between your hips that lasts six months or longer”.4

Women

Is pelvic pain more common in women?

In Pelvic Pain: Pelvic Pain In Women the NHS elaborate on:

“Pelvic pain is more common in women and common causes include:

  • Period pain
  • Conditions affecting female reproductive organs, such as an ovarian cyst or endometriosis
  • Pelvic pain in pregnancy
  • Rarely it could be something more serious, like an ectopic pregnancy, womb cancer or ovarian cancer.

See your GP immediately if you have acute pelvic pain. They’ll be able to investigate the cause and arrange any treatment you may need”.5

Who is a GP?

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?

DotS the definition of endometriosis or “endo” may vary. In Endometriosis the JH elaborate on:

“Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when cells similar to those that line the uterus are found in other parts of the body”.6

In Endometriosis: Symptoms & Causes – How Do You Know If You Have Endometriosis? the JH note:

“About three out of four women with endometriosis have pelvic pain and/or painful periods”.7

Pudendal Neuralgia

What is pudendal neuralgia?

In Pudendal Neuralgia: Summary the (United States) Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center elaborate on:

“Pudendal neuralgia occurs when the pudendal nerve is injured, irritated, or compressed. Symptoms include burning pain (often unilateral), tingling, or numbness in any of the following areas: buttocks, genitals, or perineum (area between the buttocks and genitals). Symptoms are typically present when a person is sitting but often go away when the person is standing or lying down. The pain tends to increase as the day progresses. Additional symptoms include pain during sex and needing to urinate frequently and/or urgently”.8

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have pelvic pain?

If you think you have pelvic pain, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Chronic Pelvic Pain In Women: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms: When To See A Doctor the Mayo Clinic explain:

“With any chronic pain problem, it can be difficult to know when you should go to the doctor. In general, make an appointment with your doctor if your pelvic pain disrupts your daily life or if your symptoms seem to be getting worse”.9

In Pelvic Pain: Know the Different Causes and When To Seek Help – Key Advice for Persistent Pelvic Pain the JH elaborate on:

Pelvic Pain

  1. “If you feel as if you’re not being listened to by your current doctor or health professional, don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion
  2. A multidisciplinary team has been shown to be the best approach in managing persistent pelvic pain. Chronic pain is not just about the immediate pain, but also involves and affects multiple areas of health and life, so coming at it from different angles and treating the whole person is crucial…”.10

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  1. Pelvic Pain: Know the Different Causes and When To Seek Help – Key Advice for Persistent Pelvic Pain. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/news/pelvic-pain-know-the-differences-and-when-to-seek-help Accessed: 16 June 2022
  2. Pelvic Pain: Know the Different Causes and When To Seek Help – Key Advice for Persistent Pelvic Pain. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/news/pelvic-pain-know-the-differences-and-when-to-seek-help Accessed: 16 June 2022
  3. Pelvic Pain. Page Last Reviewed: 17 March 2021. NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pelvic-pain/ Accessed: 16 June 2022
  4. Chronic Pelvic Pain In Women: Symptoms & Causes – Overview. 17 July 2021. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-pelvic-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20354368 Accessed: 16 June 2022
  5. Pelvic Pain: Pelvic Pain In Women. Page Last Reviewed: 17 March 2021. NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pelvic-pain/#sudden-unexpected-pelvic-pain Accessed: 16 June 2022
  6. Endometriosis. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis Accessed: 16 June 2021
  7. Endometriosis: Symptoms & Causes – How Do You Know If You Have Endometriosis? Last Updated: 04 June 2021 | Last Reviewed: 15 May 2019. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis/symptoms-causes Accessed: 16 June 2022
  8. Pudendal Neuralgia: Summary. Last Updated: 08 November 2021. Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/10713/pudendal-neuralgia Accessed: 16 June 2022
  9. Chronic Pelvic Pain In Women: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms: When To See A Doctor. 17 July 2021. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-pelvic-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20354368 Accessed: 16 June 2022
  10. Pelvic Pain: Know the Different Causes and When To Seek Help – Key Advice for Persistent Pelvic Pain. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/news/pelvic-pain-know-the-differences-and-when-to-seek-help Accessed: 16 June 2022

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