Why You Should Never Ignore Pelvic Pain

You shouldn’t ignore pelvic pain, even if it occurs in conjunction with your period. Cramping, shooting pain, or dull aches in your lower belly and pelvic region may indicate an infection or problem with your reproductive organs that deserves attention from a medical professional such as Gigi Hafizi, MD, at Metropolitan Women’s Center.

You may experience pelvic pain in different ways. It may be constant or come and go. The pain may be sharp or dull and aching. Regardless, you know something just isn’t right.

The pain may seem to be worsening of menstrual cramps or occur with urination. You may have constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or gas with the pain. Pelvic pain can also show up during or after sexual intercourse.

If irregular uterine bleeding accompanies the pelvic pain, such as spotting between periods or extra heavy or long cycles, it also indicates a potential complication with your uterus or pelvic organs.

Pelvic pain may indicate endometriosis

Pelvic pain can be an indication of endometriosis, a condition in which the lining of the uterus grows outside of the womb. Endometriosis causes pain along with irregular bleeding and infertility. The condition can be treated with hormones and laparoscopic surgery.

Pelvic pain may indicate fibroids

Many women have uterine fibroids that cause no symptoms. But these noncancerous growths can result in pain and irregular bleeding. They may be treated with medications or removed via surgery to help you find relief.

Pelvic pain may indicate a sexually transmitted disease

Some sexually transmitted diseases can cause pelvic pain, and when untreated, can lead to long-term pelvic inflammatory disease. You should see Dr. Hafizi at the first signs of an STD and get tested regularly if you have unprotected sex with multiple partners or have a partner who has sex with multiple partners.

Pelvic inflammatory disease can result from infections such as chlamydia or gonorrhea that aren’t treated and move up from your vagina and cervix into your reproductive organs. Get treatment at the first signs of pelvic pain to prevent this progression.

Pelvic pain may indicate ovarian cysts

The ovaries are two small almond-shaped organs on either side of your uterus. The ovaries are where your eggs are produced and develop. Ovarian cysts are small fluid-filled sacs that can develop on your ovaries. These cysts can be symptom-free, but if they can cause pain or be cancerous.

The cysts can also burst or twist, causing extreme pelvic discomfort. Pelvic pain associated with ovarian cysts deserves medical attention so the cysts can be removed and your symptoms resolved.

Pelvic pain may indicate cancer

In rare cases, pelvic pain can indicate uterine or cervical cancer. The sooner you get a diagnosis of cancer, the better your chance of beating it. Don’t ignore pelvic pain; it’s better to rule out a serious condition rather than let it progress to an untreatable point.


Don’t write pelvic pain off as a normal part of being a woman. Cramps may occur with your period or ovulation, but if you have chronic pelvic pain, come in for a thorough examination. We can treat most cases of pelvic pain successfully and restore your health and comfort.

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