Pelvic Pain

What is Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is pain in your lower belly (abdomen), below your belly button and between your hips. The pain may start suddenly (acute), keep coming back (recurring), or last a long time (chronic).

Pelvic pain that lasts longer than six months is considered chronic. There are many causes of pelvic pain. Sometimes the cause of your pelvic pain is not known.

Follow these instructions at home:

  • Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your doctor.
  • Rest as told by your doctor.
  • Do not have sex it if hurts.
  • Keep a journal of your pelvic pain. Write down:
    • When the pain started.
    • Where the pain is located.
    • What seems to make the pain better or worse, such as food or your menstrual cycle.
    • Any symptoms you have along with the pain.
  • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your doctor. This is important.

Contact a doctor if:

  • Medicine does not help your pain.
  • Your pain comes back.
  • You have new symptoms.
  • You have unusual vaginal discharge or bleeding.
  • You have a fever or chills.
  • You are having a hard time pooping (constipation).
  • You have blood in your pee (urine) or poop (stool).
  • Your pee smells bad.
  • You feel weak or lightheaded.

Get help right away if:

  • You have sudden pain that is very bad.
  • Your pain continues to get worse.
  • You have very bad pain and also have any of the following symptoms:
    • A fever.
    • Feeling stick to your stomach (nausea).
    • Throwing up (vomiting).
    • Being very sweaty.
  • You pass out (lose consciousness).

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