Despite my humorous title, pelvic pain is no laughing matter. In fact, chronic pain in the nether regions has deterred women from tight pants, sexual intercourse, and even had them dredging the urge to urinate or even sit down.
Chronic pelvic pain is almost as difficult to diagnose because the discomfort can often indicate more than one health issue. However, being aware of the most common pelvic pain culprits—for example cysts and endometriosis—can ease worry and help catch the cause in it’s earlier stages.
1. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PID strikes millions of American women each year. The sexually transmitted infection spreads during sexual intercourse with a partner—either infected with PID, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. PID can also be contracted following childbirth, an abortion, or a pelvic procedure if bacteria enter the cervix and migrate upwards to the uterus, cervix, and/or fallopian tubes. PID cases can be treated effectively if it’s caught early on. That’s why it’s important to be on guard for symptoms of abdominal pain, chills, vaginal discharge, rapid heart rate, and back pain.