Chronic Female Pelvic Pain (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors are things that increase your chances of getting a certain condition or disease. Risk factors for pelvic pain that becomes chronic include:
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:
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.
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