Pelvic inflammatory disease
PID or pelvic inflammatory disease may also result in pelvic discomfort in women. It happens when there is an infection in the woman’s reproductive organs, namely the uterus, the ovaries, or the fallopian tubes.
Usually, pelvic inflammatory disease happens after sexually-transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea.
The other symptoms of PID to watch out for are bleeding during sexual intercourse, pain during urination, and fever.
PID is a serious condition that needs immediate medical attention. Treatment primarily involves getting rid of the infection through antibiotic therapy.
Finally, doctors emphasize that women should never ignore an on-going or continuous abdominal discomfort, especially when it comes with other symptoms like indigestion and bloating, as it can be indicative of either endometrial or ovarian cancer.
The pain usually results from growing tumors that put pressure on or destroy nearby organ tissues, nerves, and bones. Moreover, tumor growths can produce chemicals that cause pain and discomfort.
Possible Non-reproductive Causes of Pelvic Pain
Besides the above-mentioned causes, the following non-reproductive health conditions can also result in pelvic pain or discomfort:
- Urinary tract infections
- Peritonitis, or the inflammation of the tissues lining the abdomen
- Irritable bowel syndrome, a long-term digestive condition that causes abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea
When to Seek Medical Help
A doctor must check any kind of unexplained pain. If you develop sudden and severe pelvic pain, seek medical help right away. Also, set an appointment with your physician if the pelvic pain:
- Occurs without explanation
- Interferes with your daily routine
- Has worsened over time
- Is accompanied by other symptoms such as bloating and indigestion
- Includes menstrual cramps that last longer than your monthly period
The possible causes of pelvic pain in women can be both reproductive and non-reproductive in origin. To be on the safe side, talk to your doctor if you suddenly develop pelvic discomfort, especially if other unexplained symptoms accompany it.
Learn more about women’s pelvic issues here.