Persistent Pelvic Pain in Women

Persistent pelvic pain is a recurrent ache around the pelvis, below the abdomen. It’s considered persistent when you have experienced the pain for more than a few months. 1 in 5 women will experience persistent pelvic pain, but most of these women won’t seek treatment.

Persistent pelvic pain symptoms

  • Stabbing abdominal pains
  • Pain in the pelvic area, lower back, hips or groin
  • Vulvar pain
  • Increased urination
  • Immediate urge to use the bathroom
  • Urine leakage when laughing, coughing, lifting or sneezing
  • Pain while inserting a tampon
  • Pain during or following intercourse
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bowel
  • Pain during an activity or movement that was previously painless
  • Fatigue or dizziness

If you’ve suffered from ongoing pelvic pain for some time, the nerves and muscles in your body can become sore and tight (hypersensitive). The sensations and movements that were once pain-free start to become painful. And if any sensations and movements were already painful, these will become even more painful. This is something called central sensitisation and is common in women experiencing persistent pelvic pain. With pelvic floor physiotherapy, we can help desensitise your nerves and muscles and help you regain pain-free sensations and movement.

Pelvic pain treatment

Pelvic pain is a complex condition and may require a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Seeking help from your Sydney pelvic floor physiotherapist will help you get the right treatment. Your expert Sydney physio will assess your condition to understand your pain, how it is affecting your life and identify your concerns. This detailed assessment will help your pelvic floor physio determine the right personalised treatment program for your unique condition. Depending on your goals and individual comfort levels, this may include an external and/or internal assessment.

Physiotherapy treatment can help you improve pain management, prevent future flare ups and help you understand the cause of your pain. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms we discussed, don’t hesitate to see one of our friendly physiotherapists. Book your appointment now.