Female pelvic pain refers to painful sensations below a woman's belly button and can be prompted by a multitude of causes.
Menstrual pain, or Dysmenorrhea, occurs when women have pain with their periods. In most cases, menstrual pain does not mean a more serious problem, although sometimes it can be associated with endometriosis or uterine fibroids, non-cancerous tumors in the uterus.
Signs and symptoms of menstrual pain include:
- Abdominal cramping or dull ache that moves to lower back and legs
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Frequent urination
- Vomiting (not common)
Chronic pelvic pain, or pelvic pain that lasts longer than six months, varies in intensity and can be caused by issues such as:
Drs. David and Kim Newman perform a fluorescent robotic evaluation to identify areas of inflammation and endometriosis not visible to the human eye. GYN Care of the Carolinas in Concord, NC is one of four sites in the U.S. that performs fluorescent robotic evaluation for pelvic pain.