Although your condition may be diagnosed during your first exam, don't be surprised if you need to have a series of
medical appointments and tests. For many women who have pelvic pain, diagnosing the
cause is a process of elimination that takes a while.
Even if tests don't find any problems, it doesn't mean that there's no physical cause for your chronic pain. Tests aren't yet able to detect all causes.
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It's a good idea to make a calendar or diary of your symptoms(What is a PDF document?), menstrual cycle,
sexual activity, and physical exertion. And keep track of any other things that you think are
important, such as stressful events or illnesses. Bring it with you when you see your doctor.
To begin narrowing down the
list of possible causes of your pain, your doctor will review your
symptom diary and:
pelvic exam to look for signs of abnormalities. You may also have a
digital rectal exam. Your doctor may
conduct these exams in a slower, more thorough manner than a routine pelvic exam,
carefully checking for tender areas.