In an effort to spread awareness and education about pelvic pain, May has been designated “Pelvic Pain Awareness Month” by the International Pelvic Pain Society. This means a lot to us at Michigan Women’s Care because we see Pelvic Pain on a daily basis, and are always frustrated at how little is known about it in the medical community and with patients.
The rates of pelvic pain for women are thought to be twice as high as for men. It is estimated that 1 in 7 women between the ages of 18 and 50 suffer from chronic pelvic pain. In women, pelvic pain refers to symptoms arising from the reproductive, urinary or digestive systems, or from musculoskeletal sources. Depending on the source, pelvic pain can be dull or sharp; it might be constant or intermittent; it might be mild, moderate or severe. Pelvic pain can sometimes radiate to your lower back, buttocks, or thighs. You might notice pelvic pain only at certain times, such as when you urinate or during sexual activity.
Unfortunately pelvic pain tends to be one of those issues that medical providers often tell patients that “it is all in their head.” At Michigan Women’s Care, we have treated thousands of women experiencing pelvic pain. Many feel they were dismissed or told it was all in their heads by previous providers. There is no specific test or identifier to diagnose pelvic pain, so it is really important you see a doctor who understands that pelvic pain is real, and can be treated.
In order to communicate effectively with your doctor, it is recommended to keep track of your pelvic pain so that your health care provider can better understand the type of pain you are experiencing. When does it happen? Can you describe the pain? Is it stabbing, throbbing, cramping, etc.? Is there anything that triggers the pain? Is there anything that soothes the pain? Being prepared with what you are experiencing can be very helpful in understanding what is causing the pain, and helps you see patterns or perhaps notice what helps and what hinders it. The more we can help demystify pelvic pain and provide education and awareness, the more people suffering from pain will feel “it is not all in their head,” and get the medical care they need.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Michigan Women’s Care – Detroit’s ‘Pelvic Pain Experts” please call our office at 734-981-8181 or visit our website www.michiganwomenscare.com