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    Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - When To Call a Doctor

    Call a doctor for immediate care if you have sudden, severe pelvic pain, with or without vaginal bleeding.

    Call a doctor if:

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    • Your periods have changed from relatively pain-free to painful.
    • Pain interferes with your daily activities.
    • You start to have pain during intercourse.
    • You have painful urination, blood in your urine, or an inability to control the flow of urine.
    • You have blood in your stool or a significant, unexplained change in your bowel movements.
    • You notice any new pelvic symptoms.
    • You haven't yet seen a doctor about your chronic pelvic pain.

    Watchful waiting

    Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor watch your pelvic pain symptoms without using medical treatment.

    During this period, you can keep a daily record of your symptoms and menstrual cycle and any other life events that you consider important. A watchful waiting period may last from a few days to weeks or possibly months.

    Who to see

    The following primary health professionals can generally evaluate and help you manage the symptoms of female pelvic pain:

    For advanced treatment methods, see a gynecologist or a urologist who specializes in female pelvic disorders.

    If you have ever been physically or sexually abused, that trauma may be playing a part in your pain. So you'll need to let your doctor know about the abuse. This may be hard for you, but it may be easier if you find a doctor you feel comfortable talking to.

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: April 03, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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