What is Pelvic Pain?
If you’ve ever experienced pain during sex — or when inserting a tampon or just putting on pants — you’re not alone. You may be experiencing pelvic pain. Learn more on how to treat pelvic pain with Dr. Bahlani
Pelvic pain is a broad term, almost obnoxiously so. By definition, it is pain below the navel without an identifiable cause for over six months, according to experts such as Dr. Sonia Bahlani, pelvic pain specialist and OB/GYN. Bahlani said the time aspect of the diagnosis is debatable, however, because in her view a patient shouldn’t have to suffer for months in order to receive treatment. (Full disclosure, Bahlani treated me for my own pelvic pain.)
How To Treat Pelvic Pain?
Experiencing pain in such a sensitive area can be deeply frustrating, but what can be even more vexing is getting appropriate care for it. In the United States, doctors can be especially dismissive of women’s pain, especially that of Black women and other women of color. Having professionals shrug off suffering is hurtful no matter where it occurs; when it’s the most intimate area of your body, it can be especially devastating.