7 Causes And Treatments Of Abdominal Pain In Women

 

Women usually suffer from pain in the lower abdomen. Sometimes abdominal pain can be an indication of infections, and needs to get medical emergency support.

Abdominal pain can be severe and, in some cases, are a root cause of anxiety in adults. Many reasons can lead to abdominal pain, such as indigestion, menstruation, diarrhoea, appendicitis, kidney stones, hernia, ovarian cyst, large bowel movements, abdominal ulcers, and so on. If the pain lasts longer and gets worse over a certain period, it is advised to visit a doctor immediately to get relief from the discomfort.

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Why Do Females Suffer From Pain In Lower Abdomen?

Pain in the abdominal region is common in more than 80% of females. This type of pain is often cramp-like, dull, achy, and sharp and can be caused due to a lot of issues like infections, inflammation, and intestinal disorders.

Types of Abdominal Pain

According to research, abdominal pain can be of different types depending on its cause.

Some common types of abdominal pain and their possible reasons are

  1. Sharp pain in the upper abdomen – gallstones or inflammation of the organ.
  2. Pain in the upper stomach or a burning sensation – ulcers.
  3. Abdominal pain along with bloating – IBS( Irregular Bowel Syndrome).
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The most serious causes for lower abdominal pain in women are

  1. Dysmenorrhea
  2. Endometriosis
  3. Pelvic Inflammatory disease
  4. Ovarian cysts
  5. Pregnancy
  6. Diverticula

1. Dysmenorrhea

Symptoms And Causes

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for menstrual pain. It generally occurs every month during periods and on average lasts for five days, usually faced by teenagers and adults. The main cause of abdominal pain during menstruation is the contraction of the uterus walls. This pain is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, and fatigue. It also causes bloating, tenderness of breasts, and in some cases, mild pain in the chest.

Primary Dysmenorrhea is the common period of pain in the lower back and thighs and sometimes in the chest and nipples. Some females experience heavy bleeding and acute lower abdominal pain, and burning sensation while passing urine which can be caused due to infection in female reproductive organs. This is known as secondary Dysmenorrhea.

Treatment

Some of the well-known methods to get relief from period pains are

1. Applying Heat

Applying heat to your lower abdomen and back during periods can ease the pain to a great extent. Taking a hot shower or placing a hot water bag in the abdomen will provide comfort from the acute stomach pain.

2. Drinking Fluids

Drinking fluids is known to reduce bloating, which in turn reduces the pain.

2. Endometriosis

Symptoms And Causes

Endometriosis is a health disorder in which a tissue called the endometrium grows outside the uterus. It involves the fallopian tubes, the tissue that lines the pelvis, and the ovaries.

Endometriosis causes severe abdominal pain and heavy bleeding during periods and can also lead to fertility problems.

Treatment

This is diagnosed by performing pelvic exams, ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI), and laparoscopy. Different types of cures are

  • Hormone therapy
  • Hormonal Contraceptives
  • Conservative surgery
  • Danazol

3. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Symptoms And Causes

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is commonly known as an infection that occurs in the female organs. The main cause of pelvic infection is when the sexually transmitted bacteria from the vagina reaches the uterus.

The most common symptoms of PID are stomach pain, tenderness in the abdomen, abnormal vaginal discharge, burning sensation while peeing, fever and chills, pain during sexual intercourse, and so on.

Treatment

Treatments of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease include temporary abstinence, antibiotics, and treatment of your partner. It is advised to visit a good doctor in this case who can provide medical advice.

4. Ovarian Cysts

Symptoms And Causes

In maximum cases, ovarian cysts do not show any symptoms, whereas in serious cases, they can cause cramps, irregular large bowel movements, pain during intercourse, and menstrual irregularities. Some other causes of cysts are pelvic infection, pregnancy, endometriosis, and hormonal imbalance.

Treatment

The entire organ system is in the pelvis. Even ruptured ovarian cysts can cause pain in the abdomen. It is generally cured by medications. If severe abdominal pain continues, it is always advised to visit a doctor.

5. Pregnancy

Symptoms And Causes

Some common symptoms of pregnancy are missed periods, breathlessness, vomiting, fatigue, fever, the urge to pee frequently, craving for certain foods, constipation, leg cramps, and changes in the breast. The pain in the abdomen experienced during this period can result from the pressure created by the fetus in the walls of the uterus.

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Treatment

Many test kits are available these days to check if one is pregnant or not. Consult a gynaecologist. If you are pregnant, you should always keep up good health for yourself and your baby’s health.

6. Diverticula 

Symptoms And Cause

Diverticulosis is a health condition in which the inflammation of the intestine walls takes place. The main cause for this condition is the intake of high-fat and low-fibre foods.

Symptoms of diverticula include consistent pain that lasts over a long period. The main site of the pain is usually the lower side of the abdomen. It also causes fever, nausea, vomiting, and constipation.

Treatment

In maximum cases, patients with diverticulosis do not show any symptoms; therefore, the disease remains unnoticed and does not require a diagnosis. To avoid further complications, people with diverticulosis should improve their eating habits by avoiding certain foods like fatty foods, food with artificial sweeteners, oily and greasy foods, and dairy.

What Are The Causes Of Lower Abdominal Pain Due To Bowel Movements?

1. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Symptoms And Causes

IBS is one of the most common causes of abdominal pain in women. IBS is also known as nervous stomach, irritable colon, or spastic colon. The site of this disorder is the large intestine. Due to the colon, the pain occurs in the lower left side of the abdomen, anywhere in the belly.

Some of the symptoms include abdominal pain, constipation, bloating, diarrhoea. Serious causes and symptoms include passing the blood through the rectum, weight loss, discomfort in swallowing, unexplained vomiting, deficiency of iron in the blood (anaemia), and even infection in the urethra and bladder. It varies from person to person. Chronic pain and pressure can lead to internal injury to organs and serious damage to the abdomen bladder.

Treatments

IBS can be generally controlled by managing eating habits, stress, and lifestyle. In case of long-term pain, the best advice is to seek advice from a doctor to locate injury to organs as it is cured by medications.

Other Reasons For Abdominal Pain

Apart from the gynaecological problems, patients have been seen complaining about abdomen pain that is caused by several other reasons. One among the causes can be the inflammation or infections in the following organs

  • kidneys
  • pancreas
  • spleen
  • appendix(the condition is called appendicitis)
  • the small and large intestines (if intestines don’t get enough blood)
  • stomach
  • liver

Some people suffer from chronic abdominal pain in the lower as well as the upper abdomen. In these cases, the pain is usually caused due to unhealthy eating habits. This type of pain is seen in adults as well as in children. Consulting doctors and getting a proper diagnosis are highly recommended in these cases. Some of the reasons include

  • constipation
  • stomach disorder
  • vomiting
  • inability to pass gas

The Proper Way To Provide Medical Advice During Abdominal Pain

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In case of not so severe pain, it can be cured within a few hours at home by sipping water at regular intervals, avoiding solid food, avoiding smoking and consumption of alcohol, taking a hot shower, and performing light exercises.

In severe cases of abdominal pain, one should immediately seek help from a doctor and get a proper diagnosis. Performing blood tests and a couple of other tests helps the doctors diagnose the disorder, localize the potential source, and start the medications at the earliest.

In some cases, blood and urine samples are sent to the various areas of the laboratories to help the doctor get in-depth knowledge about the reason for the pain.

 

Any information found on the site does not constitute legal or medical advice. Should you face health issues, please visit your doctor to get yourself diagnosed. Icy Health offers expert opinions and advice for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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