Heaviness In Pelvic Area
Our body is a very complex thing, maybe the most complex thing. There is so much going on at the same time that sometimes it becomes hard to detect why something is happening.
But thanks to modern medicine and technology, things have become very easy for us. Now we can easily get to know what a symptom means. But today, we aren’t talking about just any symptom; we are talking about the feeling of heaviness you feel in your pelvic.
When we say the feeling of heaviness in your pelvic, we mean a feeling of illness or pressure in the area below your belly button and above your legs. Does that sound like you?
Well, if it does, you have come to the right place.
Our pelvic region has a lot going on. This is where many of our organs are located, from our bladder to our ovaries to our uterus to our bowel; everything is found here. So, to point a finger as to what is causing the feeling of heaviness in your pelvic region) where so much is going on) wouldn’t be smart.
Therefore we have gathered multitudes of reasons that can be causing the pressure you feel in your pelvic. From POP to periods, we have got you covered.
However, It Is very important to note that this article does not replace the need to go to a doctor.
Does heaviness in the pelvic region mean I Have Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?
Like we have mentioned above, a lot is going on in the pelvic area, so to exactly know what is going on in your pelvic region without running some tests and procedures might be a very difficult task. However, to check whether you have POP (pelvic organ prolapse) due to the heaviness you feel in that region, here are some signs and symptoms.
[note: Pelvic organ prolapse doesn’t always come with symptoms, and when it does, that too depends on the type of pelvic organ prolapse POP you have and what time of the day it is, meaning symptoms of POP might start mild but gets worse throughout the day]
The feeling of fullness:
Do you feel pressure or heaviness in pelvic areas? Well, that can be caused due to your organs pushing or pressing down on your vagina. These are the things you might be experiencing because of that:
- You might feel like you are sitting on a ball
- Might have discomfort in your lower back
- Feeling on heaviness and pressure
- You might get the feeling that you can’t empty your bowel or bladder fully
- It might feel like something is bulging out of your vagina (as if a tampon is pushing out)
Symptoms with your bowel:
- Painful bowel movement
- You might have constipation
- Liquid stool
- Having to force or strain the bowel out to empty it
- You might even have to use a finger around your rectum or vagina to empty your bowel
- A sudden feeling as if you want to empty your bowel
- Gastric issues
Symptoms related to your bladder:
As many of you might have an idea, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) impacts not only your bladder but also your ability to pee. Due to which following are the symptoms you might experience if you have POP:
- You might have a weak stream
- Might experience a hard time while trying to get the urine to come out
- It can also cause leaking
- Or spraying pee
- You might get the urge to pee so often that it starts to interfere with your daily life.
- You might keep getting Sudden strong urges to pee
- UTI (Urinary tract infections) keeps coming back
- You might even feel the need to lift the bulge off your vagina to be able to pee
Naturally, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is an impact on your sex life as well, so let’s investigate some of the problems POP might cause:
- You might get a feeling of looseness in your vagina
- Pain while having sex
- Might experience Dryness in your vagina
- the lower desire of having sex because you feel sad about your body
So, these were some of the signs and symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, one of the main reasons for the feeling of heaviness in your pelvic region. However, it is important to go to a doctor and get it checked out before concluding. They might examine your pelvic organs to see how strong your pelvic floor muscles are. Other than that, they might need to run some other tests to confirm.
Experiencing vaginal and pelvic heaviness/ pressure while you are pregnant:
With the perfect combination of a baby growing inside you and the law of gravity, it isn’t very surprising that you feel heaviness or pressure in your pelvic region or your vagina.
“But what if I am not in my third trimester and still feeling that pressure?”
That is fine too!
These pains and aches don’t only come when you enter the third trimester. Some women who are in their first or second trimester also come with complaints of pelvic pressure.
“But why? My baby is too small in the first or second trimester to cause any heaviness or pain.”
That is very true! However, other things might be causing heaviness in the early days of your pregnancy. For example, the expansion of your uterus may be the culprit behind the cramps you are feeling. And if you see any bleeding or spotting, immediately get in contact with your doctor, as bleeding can be a sign of miscarriage.
Other than that, another reason why you are feeling heaviness in your pelvic area is constipation.
Yes! It is very common to have constipation during pregnancy. This might be causing pressure on your pelvic region, so all you must do is drink a lot of water, increase your fiber intake and remove yourself. However, if you need more help, you can always ask your doctor to recommend some safe stool softeners for pregnancy.
Now coming to the pelvic heaviness that comes in the latter days of pregnancy. You can blame the baby you are growing inside of yourself for the pelvic and vaginal heaviness and pressure this time around.
The baby is now heavy and is putting pressure on the muscles that support organs like the bladder, small intestine, rectum, and of course, your uterus.
Want something else to blame? Well, then blame the hormone relaxing for the pelvic pressure. Although it might cause some discomfort, pain near your pubic bone, or shaky legs, it also helps loosen your ligaments as you near the day when you give birth to your baby.
However, you should always contact your doctors when things seem to get out of hand or extreme (especially if you start feeling pain in different areas like your pelvic), be it in the early days of your pregnancy or towards the end of your pregnancy it.
Other reasons why you might experience pain or heaviness in your pelvic region:
While Pelvic organ prolapse might be one reason due to which you might experience pain in your pelvic area, there are many more reasons and things that might be affecting your pelvic area. It can range from something extremely normal to something extremely abnormal. So, let’s get into it, shall we?
The pain you are experiencing might be because of menstrual cramps:
The most common reason for pelvic pain is the cramps a female experience due to her periods. Over half of the women experience menstrual pain or cramps in the first few days (mostly the first two days) of each cycle.
This pain may also start immediately before your periods. However, this pain is more like a jabbing pain or a muscle spasm rather than a feeling of heaviness. This is caused by the contraction or tightening of the muscles in the uterus (for it to shed its lining), which might cause cramping or heaviness. However, it is also important to note that if their pain becomes severe, you need to get it checked by a doctor. It can be a sign of something serious like endometriosis.
It might be a symptom of fibroids:
Women with large fibroids in their uterus might feel some pressure or heaviness in their pelvic or lower abdomen. Not only this, but at times the enlarged uterus might even make it hard for them to lie face down, bend, exercise, or do certain activities without discomfort.
This is described more as discomfort rather than sharp pain.
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome):
Irritable bowel syndrome can be the cause of pelvic pressure/ heaviness directly or indirectly. IBS is a gut disorder that might cause things like diarrhea and/ or constipation. And as we have mentioned before, constipation can cause the feeling of fullness or heaviness.
However, there is no cure for it as it is usually caused by things like stress. So, doctors mostly focus on education, stress management, and diet for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
So, these were some of the reasons that might be causing the heaviness you feel in your pelvic. Alongside the list of things, it can be, be sure to get it checked by a doctor to rule out anything serious since this can indicate a multitude of other things as well.
So better be safe than sorry