Pelvic Pain Q & A
What is pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain generally includes any discomfort you feel in your lower abdominal region. The type of pain you feel, as well as the severity and frequency, may vary. Your pain may range from a dull ache to severe, debilitating pain. You may only experience pain during certain times of the month or the discomfort may be constant.
What causes pelvic pain?
For many women, pelvic pain is a symptom of an underlying gynecological condition. However, the cause of pelvic pain isn’t always cut and dry. Your pain may be a symptom that involves any of the organ systems in your lower abdominal area, which not only includes your reproductive organs, but also your intestines and bladder.
Gynecological conditions that cause pelvic pain include:
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Gynecological cancer
Other common causes of pelvic pain in women include irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and interstitial cystitis. You may also develop pelvic pain if you have inflammation of the pubic joint, pelvic floor muscle tension, or a musculoskeletal condition such as fibromyalgia.
When should I seek medical care for my pelvic pain?
OB/GYN Associates of Miami recommends you contact the office to schedule an appointment if your pelvic pain is severe or disruptive to your daily life, or if your symptoms are worsening. Your provider conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your pain.
In addition to reviewing your symptoms, gynecological history, sexual history, and medical history, your provider performs a pelvic exam. Diagnostic testing may also be recommended, such as a urinalysis, blood tests, an ultrasound, or an MRI, to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
In some cases, your OB/GYN performs a diagnostic laparoscopy to more closely evaluate your reproductive organs and determine the cause of your symptoms.
How is pelvic pain treated?
Treatment for your pelvic pain is individualized based on the underlying cause. When possible, OB/GYN Associates of Miami takes a conservative approach to alleviating your pain, which may include one or more of these treatments:
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Hormonal birth control
- Physical therapy
In some cases, surgery is needed to treat the underlying cause of your pelvic pain. OB/GYN Associates of Miami utilizes advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive robotic surgery, to minimize pain and lessen recovery time.
Don’t let your pelvic pain run your life. For comprehensive care, contact OB/GYN Associates of Miami by phone or book your visit online today.