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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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 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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