Pelvic pain can be mild, severe, or feel more like a nagging pressure in your abdomen. Whatever form it takes, pelvic pain that persists is the sign of an underlying problem.
The doctors at Garden OB/GYN have the expertise to accurately diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain and develop individualized treatment that targets the underlying problem.
What Should I Know About Pelvic Pain?
Pelvic pain is often caused by a gynecologic problem, but it can also develop due to pulled muscles or problems with your bladder and other organs or tissues in your pelvic region.
Sometimes it’s easy to ignore pelvic pain because it feels more like an uncomfortable pressure. Or you may suddenly develop a sharp but short-lived pain and wonder whether it is something to worry about.
Here’s a good guideline to follow: Any type of pain or uncomfortable feeling in your pelvic region that lingers for several days or recurs should be evaluated by the team at Garden OB/GYN to be sure it’s not a sign of a serious problem.
What Gynecologic Conditions Might Cause My Pelvic Pain?
Many potential problems can cause pelvic pain. Some of the most common include:
- Endometriosis: Endometriosis occurs when tissues that normally line the inside of your uterus grow on structures outside the uterus. Patches of endometriosis can develop on the outer wall of your uterus, your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and even on your bladder or tissues lining your abdomen. Endometriosis causes inflammation in the surrounding tissues and eventually leads to scarring.
- Uterine Fibroids: Uterine fibroids are growths that develop in the muscular wall of your uterus. They’re not cancerous, but they can become large enough to cause pressure and pain.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Pelvic inflammatory disease refers to an infection caused by bacteria that spreads from your vagina to your uterus. This condition often causes lower abdominal and general pelvic pain.
- Ovarian Cysts: When ovarian cysts develop in your ovaries, they can grow large enough to cause ongoing pelvic pain. If they rupture, you’ll experience sudden and usually severe pain.
How is Pelvic Pain Treated?
Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the underlying cause. Your provider at Garden OB/GYN gets to the root of the problem with a thorough pelvic exam and ultrasound or blood tests to confirm the diagnosis.
Your treatment might include pain-relieving medications, hormonal medications, or antibiotics if you have an infection. If your symptoms are severe or diagnostic tests show large fibroids, ovarian cysts, or extensive endometriosis, you may need minimally invasive surgery to remove the growths.