According to one recent research study, around 15% of women of childbearing age in the United States report experiencing pelvic pain lasting at least six months or more. Pelvic pain is challenging to diagnose and treat because it’s a symptom of many different conditions. The OB-GYNs at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, Maryland, want you to know that you don’t have to live with pelvic pain. Your doctor does everything possible to uncover the cause of your discomfort and to help you become pain-free again. Call or click to schedule your appointment today.
Pelvic pain occurs in the lower abdominal area, but every woman experiences it differently. For some, it feels like a sharp, stabbing pain. Others have more of a dull, lingering ache. Pelvic pain can increase with periods or during intercourse.
Pain is always a sign that something is wrong in the body and it’s important to get it checked out. Pelvic pain can be a sign of many conditions in women including:
Endometriosis and adenomyosis are two of the most common causes of pelvic pain for women during the childbearing years. For women with endometriosis, the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it, usually on the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
With adenomyosis, the uterine tissue grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. The additional uterine tissue thickens and breaks down with each menstrual cycle causing heavy and painful bleeding.
To diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain, your doctor first reviews your health history and symptoms and performs a physical exam. During the physical exam, he or she looks for abnormalities or signs of disease.
From there, your doctor performs on-site blood and urine tests. An ultrasound, pelvic laparoscopy, colposcopy, and other non or minimally invasive procedures may be used to diagnose the source of your pain. If necessary, your doctor may order additional medical tests at an outside facility.
Pelvic pain treatment is individualized, depending on your specific condition and the severity and frequency of your pain. Capital Women’s Care physicians primarily treat pelvic pain with medical and surgical management.
Pain relievers help manage acute and chronic pelvic pain so you can go about your daily activities. Hormones injected or taken orally help relieve pelvic pain associated with endometriosis and adenomyosis.
Minimally invasive surgical procedures have proven highly effective for the treatment of pelvic pain caused by endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids, and ovarian cysts. These cutting-edge, proven techniques offer relief without lengthy downtime.
Does pelvic pain keep you on the couch more days than you’d like to admit? Schedule an appointment online or by telephone today to get to the bottom of your pain and finally find relief.