With pelvic pain, you may feel an overall heaviness often described as a bowling ball lying on your intestines, or sometimes, the pain can occur in isolated spots of intense sharp or searing burning sensations that can feel like bee stings. Regardless of the type or location of the pain, finding the cause can get you one step closer to living pain-free.

The most common causes of pelvic pain are endometriosis, reproductive cancer, ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids. However, if you’ve considered these options and cannot find a cause, you and your doctor could look into interstitial cystitis as a possible answer. This condition can cause pelvic pain similar to that of reproductive conditions and can be diagnosed with a simple procedure.

What is interstitial cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis is a bladder condition that results in chronic pelvic pain and inflammation. This is more common in women but can also affect men.