Pelvic pain and chronic pelvic pain (CPP) can present acutely or it can become chronic and constant. In most cases, acute pelvic pain is due to a pelvic infection, trauma, musculoskeletal strain, or a pelvic mass (such as ovarian cysts). When no obvious cause of pain can be identified and when the pain lasts longer than 3 months and starts affecting quality of life, then pelvic pain becomes chronic pelvic pain.
Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most common and frustrating medical problem women face. In contrast to acute pelvic pain that has a cause, chronic pelvic pain, many times has no obvious cause, or the original source of pain is gone, but because neurons and muscles are affected, the pain continues.
CPP may be localized to a specific site or it can be generalized and affect multiple parts of the pelvis and abdomen. CPP can be felt in one part of the pelvis but the source of the pain can be in a separate site. Because the original cause of the pain may have heeled long ago, it can be hard to diagnosis the source of the pain. That doesn’t mean that the pain isn’t real or that it’s all in your head. It is very real and it can be extremely debilitating.
The main thing to remember is that the pain is very real and you’re not alone. One quarter of women with CPP may spend two to three days a month in bed. More than half of all women who have chronic pelvic pain have to limit their activity one or more days a month and 90% experience pain during intercourse. About half of all women with CPP say they feel sad or depressed as well.
If you are experiencing pelvic pain or believe you have chronic pelvic pain (CPP), contact Advanced & Minimally Invasive Gynecology at 407.303.2780 to schedule an appointment.