Pelvic pain is pain in the pelvic area that lasts longer than 6 months. Pain may come or go, be constant or intermittent, follow a cyclic pattern sometimes associated with menstruation, eating habits, urination, or during intercourse. A large number of conditions may lead to pelvic pain and many of these are not related to reproductive organs. For some women, no cause is ever found.
Your physician will ask about your family history and perform a pelvic examination, order any necessary tests, make any necessary referrals for other specialists, order imaging testing such as ultrasound, or procedures like laparoscopy or cyst copy (a look into the bladder with a lighted scope).
Numerous options are available to treat pelvic pain and your doctor can walk you through the various pros and cons of each option and tailor a combination of medications, physical therapy, nutrition, lifestyle changes, and surgery.