Chronic Pelvic Pain
If you have Chronic Pelvic Pain, getting a proper diagnosis is never as cut-and-dried as learning, say, that you have high blood pressure. But unlike in the past—where women had to swear off sex and tight jeans to avoid pain—today more doctors are equipped to help you figure out what’s wrong so you can get relief.Even so, you still need to be your own educator and advocate. Here’s how to identify symptoms for the most common pelvic pain problems (such as endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, and vulvodynia), and learn how they’re diagnosed, and most importantly, treated.
What is endometriosis? Chronic Pelvic Pain Cells similar to the tissue lining the uterus migrate elsewhere and break down each month in sync with your period.
What is interstitial cystitis? It involves recurring discomfort in the bladder, which may be caused by a breakdown of mucin, cells on the surface of the bladder that protect it from acidity.