The most common reasons why women have left sided groin pain are:
1) Her pelvic floor muscles do not work properly due to her age or other medical conditions.
She may need physical therapy exercises.
2) Her body type does not allow for proper functioning of the pelvic floor muscles.
She needs to lose weight, get rid of excess fat around the stomach area and hips, strengthen her core and abdominal muscles, improve posture and flexibility etc..
3) Her hormones may be out of balance.
These include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormone levels. If these are out of balance then she will experience groin pain.
4) Her reproductive system is not working properly due to hormonal imbalance or other health problems such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids etc.
5) Her menstrual cycle is irregular.
A regular period means that her body is producing enough hormones and she has normal ovarian function. An irregular period means that her body is not producing enough hormones and she has low ovarian function. Low ovarian function can lead to lower fertility.
6) Her adrenal glands are underactive or overactive causing fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability etc.
7) Her diet is poor and does not contain enough nutrients or she has an eating disorder.
The most common reasons why women have groin pain when walking, running or exercising are:
1) A sports injury that affects the groin such as a direct blow to the inner thigh, knee, hip or groin etc.
2) She may have overused a body part and caused small tears in the muscles.
3) She may have an underlying health condition such as arthritis, endocrine problems, nerve damage etc.
Groin pain in women when standing up after sitting is common. The medical name for this condition is called meralgia paraesthetica.
Groin pain in women can also be caused by conditions that cause inflammation and irritation of the nerves such as interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, vaginismus etc..
Inflammation of the nerves in the groin is common in people with arthritis and other conditions such as endocrine problems, back pain, nerve damage etc..
Anxiety and depression can also cause pain in the groin area. It is important to find the cause of this condition because persistent groin pain can lead to other problems if left untreated. It is important that you see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
Clinical tests and procedures such as physical exams, lab tests, x-rays, MRIs etc.. can be used to diagnose the cause of groin pain. Treatment for this condition depends on the diagnosis.
Medications, physical therapy, injections, surgery etc.. can all be used to treat groin pain.
Groin Pain in Women – Special Considerations
During pregnancy a woman’s body goes through many changes. One of these changes is the loosening of the ligaments in the pelvis allowing it to expand during childbirth leading to a wider, shorter shaped pelvis. This change helps with childbirth but can lead to complications such as increased likelihood of vaginal tears and later difficulties with bladder and bowel control as the muscles try to regain their original position.
It should be noted that not all women experience these changes or experience them to a noticeable degree.
It also should be noted that these changes have little effect on day to day life and in most cases do not lead to long term problems.
The exception to this are women who have tight muscle tissues. Women with this condition are more likely to experience a reduction in the size of their bladder due to the muscles holding it in place becoming weaker over time. These changes usually only become apparent after multiple pregnancies.
A woman with this condition is also more likely to have long term difficulties with vaginal pain, bladder and bowel control later in life due to the muscles not returning to their original size and position. Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken to help alleviate these problems. These include:
1) Kegel exercises – These exercises help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
They can be performed frequently throughout the day.
2) Regular vaginal dilation – This involves inserting a medical grade silicone dilator of the appropriate size into the vaginal opening for one minute every day.
3) Discussing the use of surgical support devices with your doctor – Devices such as slings, pessaries and hammocks can be used to provide support after surgery to prevent or reverse the effects of vaginal wall collapse.
4) Discussing the use of vaginal tissue repair surgery with your doctor – Surgery can be used to repair or reinforce damaged or weakened tissue in the vaginal area.
It is also important that if you are experiencing pain during or after sexual activity that you visit your doctor immediately. Ignoring this symptom could lead to long term problems.
Last of all, it is important to remember that these changes are perfectly normal and don’t affect fertility or sexual satisfaction. If you are experiencing vaginal pain or other symptoms listed above, please see your doctor or other healthcare professional as soon as possible.
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