Pelvic Pain Q & A
What is pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain is a troublesome symptom associated with many pelvic, sexual, and reproductive health conditions. Mild or short-lived pelvic pain might not cause much concern, but you should talk to your gynecologist about any severe or persistent pelvic pain.
Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology offers testing to find out why you have pelvic pain and treatment for the many possible causes. Sometimes, pelvic pain does not come from your reproductive system but originates in other organs, like your appendix or bladder, instead.
To find the cause, the team at Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology considers any other symptoms affecting you. During your visit, be sure to mention if you have abnormal uterine bleeding, painful urination, pain during intercourse, or any other unusual symptoms.
What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain has numerous potential causes. For women, it’s often associated with complications of the reproductive organs like the uterus, ovaries, or cervix. The team at Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology performs a physical exam and may order blood tests, urine tests, or imaging tests to diagnose or rule out potential causes.
Some women’s health conditions that cause pelvic pain are:
- Menstrual cramps
- Ovarian cysts
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Reproductive system cancers
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Other pelvic pain conditions that the team at Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology can rule out or diagnose include kidney stones, appendicitis, constipation, and diverticulitis.
How can I relieve pelvic pain?
Your individualized treatment plan for pelvic pain depends on the diagnosis you get after your evaluation at Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology. The team considers the severity of the pain and how long it’s lasted while planning your treatment.
Many types of pelvic pain can benefit from medications you take by mouth. Antibiotics can clear infections causing pelvic pain, like some STDs or a urinary tract infection. Hormonal birth control can regulate your hormones to relieve some pelvic pain, too. You can also find relief for mild to moderate pelvic pain by sitting in a warm bath or exercising.
In less common cases, surgery can treat underlying causes of pelvic pain. There are minimally invasive surgeries available to treat conditions like large uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and severe ectopic pregnancy.
The team at Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology makes sure you have a full understanding of your diagnosis and the treatments available to you.