Last year, the International Pelvic Pain Society designated May “Pelvic Pain Awareness Month”. Spreading this awareness and education about pelvic pain means a lot to us at Maze. We see Pelvic Pain on a daily basis and are always frustrated at how little is known about it in the medical community, and society at large.
Studies show women suffer from pelvic pain more than twice as much as men. The causes of pelvic pain for women are numerous, and include endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, pregnancy, or anxiety. 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.
Many women have heard from their medical providers that the pelvic pain is “all in their head,” and wait years to seek treatment. At Maze we have treated hundreds of women experiencing pelvic pain, and we are often the 2nd, 3rd or 4th place they have come for treatment. 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 practitioner who understands that pelvic pain is real, and can be treated. 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’re suffering with pelvic pain, contact us for a free phone consultation to see if we can help. For more information, click here.