Find out what’s causing your painful cramping.
Every woman has experienced some kind of pelvic pain, but sometimes this pain can mean something more is going on with your body. It’s important to listen to your body because a greater health issue could be causing you pain. OB-GYN Dr. Evelyn Minaya has created a guide to help you understand what cramps with different symptoms mean. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consider seeking help from a medical professional.
Cramping and Burning Pee
If you’re experiencing constant pressure and the urge to pee without anything actually coming out, this could mean you have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Dr. Minaya says you can help reduce the painful symptoms of a UTI by eating foods that contain D-Mannose, like blueberries, apples, and cranberries. D-Mannose is a sugar that sticks to bacteria. It can help treat a UTI because it acts as a vacuum to bacteria to flush it out of our system. Most UTIs need to be treated with antibiotics, so if you're experiencing pelvic pain and burning pee you should make an appointment with your doctor.
Painful, Non-Stop Cramping
While period cramping is normal if you notice the pelvic pain starts before and extends several days into a menstrual cycle it could indicate that something else is wrong. Cramping that lasts that long, with most of the pain located in the back and abdominal area, could signal endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition when the uterine lining, tissue known as endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. Although it is a painful condition, it is a lot more common than you might think: One in 10 women in their 30s and 40s are affected by it. Dr. Minaya recommends that you tell your doctor about the symptoms so they can help you manage the pain. To help manage the pain at home, she recommends using a warm compress to soothe cramps
Cramping With Bloating and Gas
Painful cramping, gas, and bloating, along with other symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation could be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Minaya recommends focusing on diet and stress management to help treat irritable bowel syndrome. She suggests adding probiotics, green leafy vegetables, and prunes into your diet to help with clearing out your GI tract and lessening the pain. Stress relieving activities like yoga, or any stress therapy can also help with the symptoms. If you think you might have irritable bowel syndrome, make an appointment with your doctor to help you figure out next steps.