By Meg LundstromLearn to manage the distractions that sap your concentration — so you can
find your focus and your peace of mind.
Your boss is bugging you to hand in that status report, your husband wants
you to sit down and talk finances, your son needs help with his science
project. You're feeling the urgency of it all, yet here you sit, frittering
away precious minutes, Googling from link to link or flipping from channel to
channel. Pretty soon you're consumed with guilt and frustration...
Your periods have changed from relatively
pain-free to painful.
Pain interferes with your daily
You start to have pain during
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 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
For advanced treatment methods,
gynecologist or a urologist who specializes in female
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.