Chronic Female Pelvic Pain
When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor for immediate care if you have sudden, severe pelvic pain, with or without vaginal bleeding.
Call a doctor if:
- Your periods have changed from relatively pain-free to painful.
- Pain interferes with your daily activities.
- You start to have pain during intercourse.
- You have painful urination, blood in your urine, or an inability to control the flow of urine.
- You have blood in your stool or a significant, unexplained change in your bowel movements.
- You notice any new pelvic symptoms.
- You haven't yet seen a doctor about your chronic pelvic pain.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor watch your pelvic pain symptoms without using medical treatment.
During this period, you can keep a daily record of your symptoms and menstrual cycle and any other life events that you consider important. A watchful waiting period may last from a few days to weeks or possibly months.
Who to see
The following primary health professionals can generally evaluate and help you manage the symptoms of female pelvic pain:
- Reference Family medicine doctor Opens New Window
- Reference Gynecologist Opens New Window
- Reference Internist Opens New Window
- Reference Urologist Opens New Window
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window
For advanced treatment methods, see a gynecologist or a urologist who specializes in female pelvic disorders.
If you have ever been physically or sexually abused, that trauma may be playing a part in your pain. So you'll need to let your doctor know about the abuse. This may be hard for you, but it may be easier if you find a doctor you feel comfortable talking to.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology