Sharp pelvic pain can be quite a cause for concern. However, ignorance about it can cause much more distress than required. This article discusses how serious the issue really is, and what to do about it.
A pelvic pain is not the one to be taken lightly. More so, if the pain goes on for more than two days, it is very important for you to go to the doctor and get it checked. If this pain is accompanied by burning sensation during urination, increased frequency for urination, and vomiting, it is vital to go and get medical help. Pelvic pain during pregnancy is not a sign of normalcy. If one experiences it, medical help should be gotten at the earliest. It is imperative to see a doctor when the pain also causes loss of appetite. In case you have multiple sexual partners, and/or have had a sexually transmitted disease in the past or present, it is important to get the pelvic pain checked out by a doctor.
Sharp Pelvic Pain in Women
Following are the conditions that cause pain in the pelvic region of women:
- Vulvodynia: Vulvodynia causes pain in the vulva. The pain may come and go at regular or irregular intervals, or it may stay constant. It is mostly described by a stinging or a burning pain. The pain may not always be at the same spot. But, it will be located in or around the vulva.
- Endometriosis: Endometriosis is caused when the uterus lining overgrows, causing some of it to grow outside the uterus. This tissue ends up attaching itself to the ovaries or the fallopian tubes. It, sometimes, even reaches the bladder or the intestines. This pain is often worse during menstrual periods or sex. It can also lead to abnormal bleeding, further causing infertility.
- Uterine Fibroids: These are growths inside the walls of the uterus. These growths are non-cancerous. Uterine fibroids cause severe pain in the pelvic region. This pain often extends to the back as well. This condition causes worse cramps during menstruation and more pain during sex as well.
- Pelvic Joint Instability: Post childbirth, the stretching of the ligaments causes the pelvic joints to become a little weak and unstable. This can cause discomfort to a considerable extent. The pain often extends to the back as well. Violent sexual acts could also cause the joints to become unstable.
Chronic pelvic pain in women can be caused due to urinary disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, neuropathy (pain in the pelvic nerve), and pelvic inflammatory diseases. Ovarian cysts and cervical cancer can also be a cause of this painful condition.
Sharp Pelvic Pain in Men
Following are the conditions that cause pain in the pelvic region of men:
- Appendicitis: Acute appendicitis could be a reason for the penetrating pelvic pain. This reason holds true for women as well. The pain is like a sudden burning sensation experienced on the right side, which increases as time goes by.
- Acute Prostatitis: This problem occurs due to the men’s prostate being infected with bacteria. Prostatitis causes severe right side and left side pelvic pain. The rectum, penis, and groin also experience throbbing pain. The pain also extends to the area between the anus and the scrotum. The man may also face acute and extreme pain while ejaculating.
Chronic pelvic pain in men can be caused due to anal conditions, mental and emotional problems, muscle and nerve conditions, problems with the reproductive system, problems with the urinary tract, etc.
While these reasons are just probable explanations, the best bet would be to visit a doctor and get a checkup done.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.