About this Symptom Checker. Find possible causes of pelvic pain in women based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.
Back to Health A to Z. Vulvodynia is persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva. The vulva is the female genital area including the skin surrounding the opening of the vagina.
I have always been prone to vaginal infections; yeast infections, bacterial infections, urinary tract infections, you name it. Maybe this tendency was due to a weak immune system, genetics, or perhaps it was just bad luck. Although I may never know the exact cause of the onset of my pelvic pain, if I had to make an educated guess, I would say it was due to a combination of those three factors, in addition to extraneous stress which I tend to hold in my lower back and pelvic floor.
If you have pain in the area below your belly button and above your legs, this is known as pelvic pain. A lot goes on in the pelvic area; it's home to your bowel, bladder, ovaries, uterus womb and more. That's why when you have pelvic pain, it's important to know the differences between the common causes, to learn what's normal and what's not, and when you should seek help.
Pelvic pain is discomfort that occurs in the lowest part of the torso, the area below the abdomen and between the hipbones. It does not include pain that occurs externally in the genital area vulva. Many women have pelvic pain.
Vaginal itching and irritation is common. However, persistent itching, burning, and irritation may be a sign of infection or another underlying condition. These symptoms may begin suddenly or grow in intensity over time.
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 endometriosisbut statistics show it takes an average of 10 years to receive a diagnosis from the time of symptom onset. While increased awareness amongst the medical community is also important, don't give up hope.
Month after month, I found myself in another dull, brightly lit room with my back against the cold medical exam table, my feet locked in stirrups. I knew the drill. The gynecologist would examine me and tell me whether or not I had an infection.