Some people might notice that after drinking a cup of coffee, they might get a stomach ache. Well, caffeine is basically an acidic substance. Now, what if you get a pelvic pain after drinking alcohol?
The actual causes of pelvic pain after drinking alcohol might need an advance medical examination. Why? because the people who reported it usually feel the pain only when they are having urges to urinate later. Which is lead to another question. What if the bladder was irritated even before inducing by mean urine? or, is it caused by urinary tract disease?
Women having more risks to get a pelvic pain after drinking alcohol
According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2007, they conduct a survey that women have a slightly lower percentage than men in their alcohol consumption. About 86% of women compared with 91% of men consuming alcohol on their daily basis.
So how the women get more risks than men?
Although the percentage of consumption is slightly lower than men, alcohol misuse in women having more contributing effects on pelvic pain after drinking alcohol. This is because the pelvic pain in women often refers to symptoms and condition that arise from the urinary, digestive, and most importantly the reproductive system.
What is a pelvic pain?
Even though the term of “pelvic pain” refers to the problem in the region of women’s internal reproductive system, several cases occur in men as well. To put it simply, pelvic pain is a pain sensation felt from under belly button until the pelvic area.
Symptoms of pelvic pain due to binge drinking
The symptoms arising from the pelvis and lower abdominal area such as:
- Pain during urinating or other activity.
- Constant dull pain (chronic). It might happen comes and goes.
- Sharp and stabbing pain (acute).
- Radiating pain that flows to lower back, buttocks or thighs.
Any constant or comes and goes (intermittent) pelvic pain that has been present for six months or more may refer to chronic pain.
Condition and diseases related to pelvic pain after drinking alcohol
- Bladder rupture and irritating pelvic muscle
Based on the case reports in the British Medical Journal in 2007, bladder rupture was confirmed to be found in women who have a pelvic pain after binge drinking a night before.
Alcohol makes the body to increase the volume of urine held in the bladder. Despite the increasing volume of the bladder, alcohol makes the senses of urinating become dull.
If this happens, even a minor trauma can cause the rupture even worse due to the pressure. Moreover, the pressure also affects the pelvic floor muscle.
- Interstitial cystitis
Interstitial cystitis or IC is an uncommonly known bladder condition that causes chronic pelvic pain. It is also called as painful bladder syndrome.
People with interstitial cystitis often feel to urinate more often but in a smaller volume than most people. This is because the communicating signal between brain and bladder gets mixed up.
According to www.nhs.uk, the exact cause of interstitial cystitis is not defined yet. This type of cystitis is different than the others. Although examination was conducted, there is no obvious infection in the bladder. Even giving a dosage of antibiotics seems not helping.
The condition of the IC in some people usually followed by the inflamed, ulcerated and stiff bladder.
Several theories about the possible cause of Interstitial Cystitis, including:
- Bladder lining damage. In this case, the urine can irritate the bladder muscles and nerves.
- Pelvic floor muscles problems (used to control urination)
- An allergic reaction
Because the alcohol consumption is highly related to the irritated bladder, which can expand the volume of the urine, the probability of getting a pelvic pain after drinking due to Interstitial Cystitis is also increasing.
When to see a doctor?
Although a mild pelvic pain after drinking alcohol such as beers is a common occurrence, you should see a doctor if the pain gets worse and it last long on almost every occasion.
In most cases, a mild pelvic pain usually caused by bladder irritation due to the increased volume of urine. The first thing to do is to stop drinking completely in a few days if you get sudden pain while or before urinating.
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: BMJ – Lower abdominal pain after binge drinking
- National Health Service UK: Interstitial Cystitis