Summary: Colic pain is a common problem that women face during their menstrual cycle. While it is common for women to experience cramping and abdominal discomfort during menstruation, colic can also occur outside of the menstrual cycle. This type of pain, known as non-menstrual colic, can be caused by a number of factors and can have different symptoms than menstrual cramps. In this article, we will explore some of the common causes of non-menstrual colic and ways to treat it.
1. Gastrointestinal Issues
Non-menstrual colic can be caused by gastrointestinal issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or constipation. These conditions can cause pain and discomfort in the abdomen, and can be treated by making dietary changes, using medication to manage symptoms, or in some cases, undergoing surgery. It is important to see a doctor if you suspect you have a gastrointestinal issue that is causing non-menstrual colic.
In addition to IBS, other hygiene-related gut problems like food allergies or intolerances can cause abdominal discomfort that may be worse than your typical menstrual cramps. To determine whether food or another gastrointestinal issue is causing you non-menstrual colic pain, consult your physician instead of self-diagnosing as symptoms often overlap and determining an right diagnosis that is specialized for you would be careful.
There are several ways to treat gastrointestinal-related non-menstrual colic pain, depending on the underlying cause of the issue. If you are experiencing constipation, over-the-counter laxatives or stool softeners can help relieve the pain and pressure. Medications like antispasmodics can also help relieve symptoms of IBS or IBD. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat serious gastrointestinal issues like Crohn’s disease or diverticulitis.
Endometriosis is another condition that can cause non-menstrual colic. This condition occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, often resulting in pain and discomfort during menstrual periods. However, some women with endometriosis may experience pain throughout their cycle, especially during ovulation or bowel movements.
Endometriosis can be treated with hormonal medications, pain relievers, or in some cases, surgery. It is important to see a doctor if you believe you may have endometriosis, as untreated endometriosis can lead to infertility or other health complications.
If you suspect that you have endometriosis contributing to non-menstrual colic pain, consult with your gynecologist specializing in endometrial treatment for the best diagnosis and management options available to you.
3. Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can form on the ovaries. In most cases, ovarian cysts are harmless and do not cause symptoms. However, larger cysts can cause pain and discomfort, especially if they rupture or twist the ovary. Symptoms of ovarian cysts include pain in the abdomen, bloating, and irregular menstrual cycles.
Ovarian cysts can be treated with hormonal medications, pain relievers, or in some cases, surgery. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the abdomen, see your doctor to rule out the possibility of an ovarian cyst.
In cases where the cyst is large and deemed risky to reproductive organs, particularly with women trying to conceive, surgery may be necessary. Talk to your gynecologist for exclusive healthcare advice tailored for your needs.
4. Urinary Tract Infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that affects the urinary system. UTIs can cause a burning sensation during urination, frequent urination, and lower abdominal pain. If left untreated, a UTI can lead to more serious health complications.
UTIs are treatable with antibiotics. However, it is important to see a doctor if you suspect you have a UTI, as untreated infections can lead to permanent kidney damage or sepsis.
To avoid recurrence, practising good hygiene habits such as wiping front to back after using the toilet and staying well hydrated can prevent chronic UTI infections. Also, seek a doctor if symptoms persist.
Non-menstrual colic pain is a common issue that many women face outside of their menstrual cycle. While there are many potential causes of non-menstrual colic, ranging from gastrointestinal issues to ovarian cysts, seeking medical advice from a physician is key to determining the correct diagnosis and treatment plan for your condition. Depending on the underlying cause of your non-menstrual colic pain, treatment options range from medication to lifestyle changes to surgery. With proper diagnosis and treatment, women can effectively manage their non-menstrual colic symptoms and return to a pain-free life.