Chronic Female Pelvic Pain (cont.)
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Female pelvic pain symptoms can include:
Depression symptoms are commonly linked to chronic pain. Signs of depression include:
For the best chance of recovery from pain, depression must be treated along with any known physical causes of pain.
It can sometimes be hard to know how long pelvic pain will last and how best to treat it. It's a little different for every woman. But in general:
The role of menopause
Symptoms often go away without treatment when menopause occurs and the ups and downs of hormone levels settle down.
If you are close to menopause (usually around age 50) and your symptoms are likely related to hormones, your best option may be home treatment and medicine while you wait for menopause.
The hormone changes of menopause may get rid of your chronic pain, but the pain may come back if you use hormone replacement therapy. If you are nearing menopause, talk with your doctor about your options.
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