Pelvic pain is a debilitating condition that negatively impacts your quality of life. 2% of the female population suffers from chronic pelvic pain symptoms, the causes of which are so varied that finding the root of the issue is not easy. This site is focused on pelvic floor dysfunction, so for this page, we will focus specifically on non-relaxing pelvic floor dysfunction (NR-PFD) which is a condition that gets even less attention than pelvic floor dysfunction.
If the cause of your pelvic pain is one of the conditions listed below, click on the link to be brought to a support page that focuses specifically on that pelvic pain condition:
Endometriosis – Almost 20% of women who undergo an investigation for pelvic pain are diagnosed with Endometriosis, which is a debilitating condition in which tissue, that normally lines the womb, grows outside the uterus (commonly on fallopian tubes or ovaries). It can cause adhesions or scar tissue. Symptoms include painful periods (dysmenorrhea), painful intercourse and excessive bleeding (Menorrhagia).
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) – also known as painful bladder. This is a chronic condition where cystitis is present almost all the time. The symptoms of cystitis include a strong and persistent urge to pee, burning sensation when urinating and only passing a small amount at a time. Symptoms can also include blood in the urine, pelvic pain and sometimes a fever.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – this condition is a chronic condition of the digestive system. Typical symptoms are cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation.
Menorrhagia (heavy periods) – this condition is not always accompanied by pelvic pain, however, it can be a cause. with Menorrhagia, periods are very heavy and tend to last longer than a week. It is normal to have to wake during the night to change sanitary protection.
Chronic pelvic pain can also have many other causes. You can read more on the Pelvic Pain Support Network.