Chronic Female Pelvic Pain
It can sometimes be hard to know how long pelvic pain will last and how best to treat it. It's a little different for every woman. But in general:
- When a cause is found and treated, such as an Reference ovarian cyst Opens New Window, the pain will most likely go away.
- When it's hard to find a cause, your doctor can do a number of tests and try certain treatments to see if they work.
- When a cause is found but is hard to treat, such as Reference endometriosis Opens New Window, it may be harder to say how soon your pain will go away.
- For pain that is still a mystery after a lot of testing, you and your doctor can consider several ways to help you feel better.
The role of menopause
Symptoms often go away without treatment when Reference menopause Opens New Window occurs and the ups and downs of hormone levels settle down.
If you are close to menopause (usually around age 50) and your symptoms are likely related to hormones, your best option may be home treatment and medicine while you wait for menopause.
The hormone changes of menopause may get rid of your chronic pain, but the pain may come back if you use Reference hormone replacement therapy Opens New Window. If you are nearing menopause, talk with your doctor about your options.
|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