Pelvic pain can originate from different sources and it can be acute or chronic. Regardless, there are contributing factors to consider. Some are very treatable and others can be more difficult to manage. Acute pelvic pain is a warning sign that comes on suddenly lasting a few minutes to a few days depending on the cause. Chronic pelvic pain can be constant or come in flares and symptoms can vary in character and intensity. Knowing what and when to report any unusual symptoms to your doctor is important, because some causes of pelvic pain when left untreated can cause permanent damage that could be avoided when we know what to do.
Critical Elements of the Pelvis: A Bowl, Really?
Before we can truly understand pelvic pain, we should know about the pelvis. Pelvic bones are shaped like a bowl without a bottom. Because of how the pelvic bones are formed, it takes multiple layers of muscles to provide a protective environment. A mesh-like framework of muscle layers at...
PID; Oophoritis; Salpingitis; Salpingo-oophoritis; Salpingo-peritonitis
The most common symptoms of PID include:
Fever (not always present; may come and go)
Pain or tenderness in the pelvis, lower abdomen, or sometimes the lower back
with abnormal color, texture, or smell
Other symptoms that may occur with PID:
Bleeding after intercourse
Frequent or painful urination
Increased menstrual cramping
Irregular menstrual bleeding or spotting
Lack of appetite
Nausea, with or without vomiting
Painful sexual intercourse
Note: There may be no symptoms. People who experience an ectopic pregnancy or infertility often have had silent PID, which is usually caused by chlamydia infection.
Signs and tests
You may have a fever and abdominal tenderness . A pelvic examination may s...
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