Pelvic pain is a common complaint from women at every stage of life. While pain may affect women in different ways, the reasons behind the pain can be more serious than you think.
No matter how mild your pain is, it’s always best to consult with an experienced doctor, like Dr. Pakideh and Dr. Ahadi, who can provide you with a comprehensive exam and prompt diagnosis to address your pelvic pain once and for all.
Proper diagnosis matters
There’s a variety of issues that can result in pain in the pelvic area. For this reason, it’s vital that you seek a proper diagnosis. If you ignore the pain, hoping it will just go away, you may be putting yourself at increased risk for more serious medical complications.
It’s also important that you receive the right diagnosis to ensure you can start the best course of treatment. Using the wrong treatment methods can also result in other health issues and a worsening of your pain.
Common causes of pelvic pain
Your reproductive system as a female is complex and can be influenced by a number of factors, including hormone changes, childbirth, and menopause.
You may experience pelvic pain in general that worsens with activity. It’s also possible for your pain to become more intense during urination or sexual intercourse. Pain can range from an occasional ache to a persistent, stabbing pain that interferes with your usual activities.
Pelvic pain is a common side effect of several conditions special to women, including:
- Heavy periods
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
In some cases, certain types of cancer, including cervical cancer, can cause pelvic pain.
Because there’s so many potential causes of pelvic pain, a prompt and accurate diagnosis is the first step to take to protect your health. You may need to undergo imaging tests, like a sonography, to get a better picture of your internal reproductive structures.
Exploratory surgical procedures may also be necessary to identify internal issues that are causing your pain, which aren’t easily visible during a physical exam or imaging test.
Finding relief from pelvic pain
Treatment of pelvic pain largely depends on its cause and your overall medical history. Dr. Pakideh and Dr. Ahadi carefully review your symptoms, history, and the severity of your pelvic pain to create a customized treatment plan.
For conditions like endometriosis or fibroids, you may need minimally invasive procedures to remove the excess tissue that is causing your pain. Treating fibroids and heavy periods may also be accomplished through use of hormonal birth control or other hormone therapies.
Working closely with your doctor is a very important part of successfully treating the cause of pelvic pain and restoring your quality of life. Your providers at Monroe OB/GYN understand the fear and frustration of dealing with unexplained pelvic pain and you can rely on them every step of the way to finding the right solution.
Don’t ignore pelvic pain for another minute. Schedule a consultation by phone or online today.