““Pelvic pain” is a general term used to describe pain that occurs mostly or only in the region below a woman’s belly button. This type of pain is a common reason women…”.1

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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 (United States) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development’s (NICHD) definition is:

““Pelvic pain” is a general term used to describe pain that occurs mostly or only in the region below a woman’s belly button. This type of pain is a common reason women seek medical care. The pain can be steady, or it can come and go”.2

The (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) definition is:

“Pelvic pain is felt below your bellybutton. It may come on suddenly and severely, or could be mild and last for months”.3

Acute Pelvic Pain

What is acute pelvic pain?

DotS the definition of acute pelvic pain may vary. In Pelvic Pain: Sudden, Unexpected Pelvic Pain the NHS’s definition is:

“Pelvic pain that comes on suddenly for the first time is called acute pelvic pain. 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”.4

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.

Chronic Pelvic Pain

What is chronic pelvic pain?

DotS the definition of chronic pelvic pain may vary. In Pelvic Pain: Long-Term Pelvic Pain the NHS’s definition is:

“If you’ve had pelvic pain for 6 months or more that either comes and goes or is continuous, it’s known as chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain is more intense than ordinary period pain and lasts longer. It affects around 1 in 6 women. See your GP if you have chronic pelvic pain. They’ll investigate the cause and arrange any necessary treatment”.5

Cause

What can cause pelvic pain?

In Pelvic Pain: What Causes Pelvic Pain? the NICHD elaborate on:

Pelvic Pain

“There are many possible causes of pelvic pain, and it may be difficult to figure out the specific cause or causes. A woman’s pain may result from multiple causes occurring all at the same time. And a woman with one chronic pain condition is at increased risk for other types of chronic pain. In many cases, pelvic pain indicates a problem with one or more of the organs in the pelvic area, such as the uterus, vagina, intestine, or bladder. Problems may include infection, inflammation, or conditions such as endometriosis”.6

Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?

DotS the definition of endometriosis or “endo” may vary. In Endometriosis the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (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”.7

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”.8

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”.9

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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 (United States) 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”.10

In Pelvic Pain the NHS also note:

“See your GP as soon as possible if you’re experiencing pelvic pain. In some cases, women may be referred to a gynaecologist (a specialist in the female reproductive system). Sometimes the cause of pelvic pain can’t be identified”.11

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  1. Pelvic Pain: Overview. Last Reviewed Date 31 January 2017. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/pelvicpain Accessed: 27 March 2020
  2. Pelvic Pain: Overview. Last Reviewed Date 31 January 2017. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/pelvicpain Accessed: 27 March 2020
  3. Pelvic Pain. Page Last Reviewed: 30 October 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pelvic-pain Accessed: 27 March 2020
  4. Pelvic Pain: Sudden, Unexpected Pelvic Pain. Page Last Reviewed: 30 October 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pelvic-pain/#sudden-unexpected-pelvic-pain Accessed: 27 March 2020
  5. Pelvic Pain: Long-Term Pelvic Pain. Page Last Reviewed: 30 October 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pelvic-pain/#persistent-or-recurrent-pelvic-pain Accessed: 27 March 2020
  6. Pelvic Pain: What Causes Pelvic Pain? Last Reviewed Date 31 January 2017. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/pelvicpain/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx Accessed: 27 March 2020
  7. Endometriosis. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis Accessed: 27 March 2020
  8. Endometriosis: Symptoms & Causes – How Do You Know If You Have Endometriosis? Last Updated: 04 March 2020 | Last Reviewed: 15 May 2019. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis/symptoms-causes Accessed: 27 March 2020
  9. Pudendal Neuralgia: Summary. Last Updated 17 January 2017. Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/10713/pudendal-neuralgia Accessed: 27 March 2020
  10. Chronic Pelvic Pain In Women: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms: When To See A Doctor. 14 May 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-pelvic-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20354368 Accessed: 27 March 2020
  11. Pelvic Pain. Page Last Reviewed: 30 October 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pelvic-pain/ Accessed: 27 March 2020
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