We’re all familiar with the term “pain”.
The sensation of a lump in your uterus is often the first thing that comes to mind when a woman thinks of a problem.
However, a woman may be feeling more pain than usual and may have an even more serious issue that warrants more research.
In an article published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ADOG), researchers describe how a woman’s uterus has a very sensitive spot.
It can feel as if it is squeezed or pushed through a hole, which can be uncomfortable for many women.
“Pain sensitivity is a very complex phenomenon and varies from woman to woman, so it’s important that we understand it, but we can use it to our advantage in terms of understanding what might be going on inside,” Dr. John Schaffner, a reproductive endocrinologist at University of Utah School of Medicine, said.
“In a lot of cases, a lot has to do with genetics and it can also have to do directly with hormonal changes, or even diet.
We don’t know all the things that go into pain sensitivity.”
Dr. Schaffners team looked at the responses of 10 women to ultrasound images.
They found that some women had a very severe and painful sensation.
But, they also found that many of the women had some of the most pain-free ultrasound results.
“It was quite surprising,” Dr Schaffers said.
“There were some women who had a little bit of pain, but nothing that would put them in the category of pain sensitive.”
For some women, the pain was just a bit of discomfort, but for others, the experience was even more severe.
“We wanted to know if the pain sensitivity in these women was going to be different from women who were not as sensitive,” Dr Ziegler said.
The researchers also looked at other women, and they found that women with the highest pain sensitivity had the least positive results.
Women with lower pain sensitivity tended to have a lot more positive results, with the most relief from ultrasound results coming from those with a low pain sensitivity.
Dr Zieglers team hopes that their research will help patients and clinicians better understand the causes of pain and how to best manage it.
Dr Schaffer and his team also plan to conduct more studies on how the response to ultrasound affects the way women respond to the ultrasound images, which could lead to better ways to detect and treat pelvic inflammatory disease and other conditions.
The article appears in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine.