Women have to go through a lot of discomfort in their lives. It might be dealing with sore breasts or cramping during that “time of the month” or general twinges and pangs in that mysterious area below the belly button. Regardless, all women deserve a gold medal for weathering through it all. Some pains, however, need to be monitored. If you are experiencing uterus pain or any kind of pain in your pelvic area, here are some causes you need to be aware of.
5 Causes of Uterus Pain (and What You Should Do About It)
General Menstrual Cramps
Ah, yes. The glorious symptoms of PMS. If it’s your time of the month, or about to be, you may feel cramping in your pelvis and lower back. This uterus pain is caused when its lining breaks down and sheds (if no egg has been implanted, i.e. you’re not pregnant). The cramping is your body trying to get rid of that excess lining and generally lasts from one to three days. It’s pretty harmless (although uncomfortable). You can take some mild pain relievers to help with the cramping as well as place a heating pad on your pelvis. No need to consult a doctor unless the pain becomes extremely intense or you are bleeding profusely.
If you are experiencing intense or sharp pain in the lower right part of your belly, accompanied by vomiting, you should definitely go to the hospital. It could be caused by appendicitis. If your appendix has burst or is infected, it can spread that infection all through your body which can cause serious health complications. Don’t ignore that pain! Go to the emergency room and make sure your insides are intact.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is sometimes called a spastic colon, can cause belly pain (near your uterus), bloating, diarrhea, and other issues. Make an appointment to see a doctor – they can help diagnose it and give you a diet, medication or stress management plan to help battle the symptoms.
Believe it or not, some women can actually feel when they ovulate. Occasionally, when an egg is released from an ovary, you can feel a twinge on one side of your pelvis. This cramp is called mittelschmerz — German for “middle” and “pain”. It’s called this because it happens midway through your monthly cycle (often around the 14th day). This slight pain is totally harmless and normal. Only see a doctor if the pain persists longer than a few hours or becomes intense.
This is pretty rare (like appendicitis) but it bears mentioning as it can have serious complications if untreated. An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg (an embryo) implants itself inside the fallopian tube and starts to grow. This can cause vaginal bleeding, sharp pain on one side of the pelvis, nausea, and dizziness. If you have these symptoms, go to the emergency room right away. An ectopic pregnancy can be very dangerous and life-threatening so it’s important to get help immediately.
If you have severe or unusual uterus pain, always make an appointment with a doctor or go to the emergency room.
While the most common causes of uterus pain are pretty harmless, there are some that can be life-threatening. Your body is amazing and important. Make sure you pay attention to any red flags and get some help if you need it. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to your body and uterine health!