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Understanding Pelvic Pain

Updated on July 15, 2010

Pain within the pelvis area can be experienced by both men and women for several different reasons. The diagnosis of the most common types of pelvic pain is either related to a muscular problem or an actual pelvic bone related condition like PSD. As there are quite a few reasons why pelvic pain can arise, I am going to highlight a few of the most common reasons, symptoms and solutions.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (P.I.D.)

Pelvic inflammatory disease occurs only within women and is caused by bacteria which infects a woman's reproductive organs. The most common forms of bacteria found to cause PID are usually found within STD's but this is not always the case. Symptoms of PID can be fever, pain during intercourse, painful urination and lower abdomen and pelvic pain. Any pain relevant to the pelvic area should be discussed with your doctor so the necessary tests and diagnosis can be provided. If you are diagnosed with PID antibiotics will be prescribed by your doctor, which can cure pelvic inflammatory disease. If PID goes without being diagnosed, long term effects can be infertility, lower abdominal pain and possible eptopic pregnancy.

Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Chronin pelvic pain syndrome can be found within both men and women and relates to the inflammation of the muscles which surround the pelvic bone. There are several causes of CPPS which vary from the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, muscle tissue irritations and trapped nerve endings. As there are so many variation and reasons for CPPS, the only way advise can be given to help a particular for of CPPS is for the type of CPPS to be actually diagnosed. There are remedies available for each form of chronic pelvic pain syndrome, like antibiotics, pain reflief, possible surgery and diet plans will advised by your doctor.

Pubic Symphysis Diastasis - PSD

Sometime during the third trimester of pregnancy, the hormone relaxin is produced which causes the pelvic bone to separate in preparation of the stages of child birth. Many times this can happen without the expectant mother even noticing but in several cases pelvic pain can be a symptom of PSD. If you are suffering with pelvic pain during the late stages of your pregnancy, it would be advisable to mention it at your next anti-natal appointment unless the level of pain increases. You will be recommended to see a physiotherapist who specialises with pregnancies and they will show you how to perform simple exercises which will help towards strengthening the pelvic area safely and will relieve pain. PSD can continue after delivery but post natal exercises like the pelvic floor exercises advised by your post natal doctor, will also help with the recovery of PSD along with returning to your natural weight. Unfortunately, there is no medication that can be prescribed to help with PSD during pregnancy or whilst you are breast feeding, as it is recommended that no medication should be taken during pregnancy or breast feeding.


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