If you’re experiencing persistent pelvic pain and looking for relief, several home remedies can relieve the most common pelvic pain issues. Before we delve into the home remedies we’ve discovered; first, it’s important to highlight common causes. In some cases, you will need a consultation with your Oak Lawn urogynecologist or general physician to determine the exact underlying causes, particularly if your pain is re-occurring, intense, and problematic.
Unfortunately, any organ in the abdominal area and pelvic region may cause pain. It might be your uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, cervix, bladder, pelvic floor muscle, and even your rectum or anus, that’s the main culprit for your discomfort. You might have a urinary tract infection, tumor, cyst, or tenderness due to overexertion. Unfortunately, it can be impossible to tell what the cause is for persistent pelvic pain without doctor consultation.
The following home remedies may help to tide you over between now and your scheduled appointment time or help you to cope with symptoms while you wait for conclusive test results:
Heat, heat, and more heat!
For almost any kind of pelvic pain, especially if it’s related to period pain, heat is one of the simplest and best home remedies at your disposal. Heat helps to relax muscles, which can reduce tenderness in the pelvic region, as well as reduce cramps and dull aching pains. If you’ve got access to a bath, a warm soak can help to relax your pelvic muscles. Alternatively, hot water bottles and heating pads can be used to target problem areas.
For hundreds of years, castor oil has been used to treat endometriosis. And who are we to argue? You can use castor oil from the very first onset of symptoms; however, it’s not to be used if you’re currently experiencing a menstrual flow. For pelvic pain relief, massage the oil directly into your abdomen to promote pelvic muscle relaxation. It can also be mixed with an array of essential oils, including a soothing lavender scent, applied to a warm compress and applied in much the same way as a heating pad.
Massaging your pelvis.
You can reduce inflammation and relax tender pelvic muscles with simple massage techniques. Lie back comfortably with your knees bent, and use your fingers and thumb to locate tight, sore areas around your pelvis. Press onto the trigger point. Wait 10-15 seconds or up to 60-90 seconds, take a deep breath, and release the pressure. This technique should stimulate blood flow to affected areas, relieve congestion, and stagnation. Be careful to avoid pressing on the bladder or other delicate organs!
Eating more anti-inflammatory foods.
While it may not offer immediate relief, it can help to manage long-term causes of pelvic pain, such as endometriosis. You can work towards reducing the potential of uncomfortable symptoms in the future, by increasing foods with anti-inflammatory properties and decreasing the intake of problematic foods.
Decreasing your dairy intake, avoiding highly processed foods with lots of refined sugars, and monitoring your caffeine and alcohol intake so that you don’t go overboard too often, can help to reduce the likelihood of symptoms occurring in the future.
Increasing your intake of green vegetables, including broccoli, celery, and leafy veggies, as well as adding in chia seeds, blueberries, or ginger supplements to your diet can also help.