7 Pelvic Pains You Should Never Ignore
More than one in 10 American women of childbearing age report experiencing pelvic pain in the last six months, and nearly three out of four have dealt with pain during sex at some point in their lives.
But while pelvic pain — a general term used to describe discomfort in the lower-abdomen area — is common, seeking and receiving the correct treatment for it is often not. For example, one in 10 women and girls suffer from endometriosis, but statistics show it takes an average of 10 years to receive a diagnosis from the time of symptom onset.
“Women should never minimize any pelvic pain they’re experiencing, especially as it relates to sex,” states Dr. Sherry Ross, OB-GYN, author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. “There are strategies and ways to really help that piece to pelvic pain because pelvic pain is not normal.”
While increased awareness amongst the medical community is also important, don’t give up hope. “Patients have to be their best advocates when it comes to pelvic pain,” Dr. Ross adds. Talk to your GP or gynecologist if you think you’re experiencing any of the common conditions listed below.