Pelvic Pain Q & A
Why does pelvic pain happen?
While there may be several possible reasons for pelvic pain, endometriosis is the most common cause. Endometriosis occurs when your uterine lining grows outside of your uterus. It might grow on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other internal organs. These growths can cause severe pelvic pain and other symptoms.
Other possible causes of pelvic pain can include:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Adenomyosis — when your uterine lining breaks through your uterine wall
- Ovarian cancer
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Mittelschmerz (ovulation pain)
No matter why you’re having pelvic pain, your Unified Premier Women’s Care OB/GYN will work to find a solution for you.
Am I at risk for pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain occurs mainly in women of childbearing age, as it’s usually related to the functioning of your female organs. The primary known risk factor for most kinds of female pelvic pain is familial history.
If other females in your family, particularly close relatives like your mother, have pelvic pain due to endometriosis, fibroids, or other reproductive system issues, you’re at risk for pelvic pain yourself.
How is pelvic pain diagnosed?
If you’re having pelvic pain consistently, your doctor at Unified Premier Women’s Care may recommend an ultrasound or a laparoscopic procedure to diagnose the problem. Ultrasounds are helpful in diagnosing fibroids and cysts, but a laparoscopy is needed to diagnose endometriosis.
If your doctor diagnoses endometriosis during a laparoscopy, immediate removal is sometimes possible, depending on the severity of the issue and the location of the growths.
Does pelvic pain come back after treatment?
Every woman is different, so your pelvic pain may or may not return after treatment. For example, your doctor may prescribe medication to delay growth of your endometriosis, cysts, or fibroids. However, your pelvic pain may return if you stop taking the medication or it’s not 100% effective.
Similarly, your doctor can remove endometriosis, fibroids, or other growths during a laparoscopy but there’s a chance that they’ll grow back. However, even if your pelvic pain does return, it will take some time to do so after surgical removal.
What are the non-surgical treatments for pelvic pain?
Non-surgical treatment options like pain relievers and heating pads can help relieve your symptoms. Oral contraceptives can help slow the growth of new cysts, fibroids, and endometriosis but won’t destroy existing growths.
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists and antagonists can reduce your body’s estrogen level and stop your periods. This, in turn, makes your fibroids, cysts, or endometriosis shrink and may relieve pelvic pain.
Get the pelvic pain solution you need at Unified Premier Women’s Care now. Request an appointment over the phone anytime.