Pelvic pain can have multiple causes due to the many organs and tissues in the pelvic area. If you have pelvic pain that’s persistent, recurring, or severe, visit The Women’s Health Group, P.A. At the practice’s offices in West and East Manhattan, Kansas, a highly skilled team of OB/GYNs can diagnose conditions ranging from endometriosis to pelvic floor dysfunction and find the most effective treatments. For an answer to the problem of pelvic pain, call The Women’s Health Group, P.A. today or book an appointment online.
Pelvic pain affects the lower section of your abdomen, from your groin up to your belly button. The pain can vary between sharp and stabbing or dull and throbbing. It might come and go or be there constantly.
Pelvic pain can be a symptom of disorders affecting the reproductive organs, urinary system, the end of your gastrointestinal tract, or musculoskeletal system — all the tissues and structures within your pelvis.
The Women’s Health Group, P.A. sees many women with pelvic pain. The most common causes include:
Pelvic pain originating in your uterus could be due to uterine fibroids (noncancerous growths), dysmenorrhea (painful periods), or pelvic organ prolapse, where the uterus and vaginal walls drop downward.
Adenomyosis is a condition where the tissue lining your uterus grows into the organ’s walls. Endometriosis is a similar disorder where plugs of tissue start to grow in other parts of your pelvis.
Pelvic pain coming from the ovaries could be due to mittelschmerz (painful ovulation), ovarian cysts, or ovarian cancer.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis) are common causes of pelvic pain. A kidney infection can cause severe pain too but tends to be worse in your back.
Your pelvic floor muscles support your vagina, uterus, bladder, urethra (the tube carrying urine from your bladder), and rectum. Pelvic floor dysfunctions like excessive tension, muscle weakness, tearing, and stretching, are common causes of pelvic pain.
Pain medications and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can ease most bouts of pelvic pain. However, they don’t address the underlying issues. The specific treatment you need for your pelvic pain varies depending on its cause.
You might require antibiotics if you have a UTI or other infection. Birth control pills, hormonal implants, and patches containing estrogen can ease painful periods and ovulation. Treatments for pelvic floor disorders include:
Conditions like endometriosis and large or painful uterine fibroids might need surgery. Endometrial ablation is one option, which removes the uterine lining. Myomectomy is surgical fibroid removal, and sacral colpopexy can restore the pelvic organs after a prolapse. Hysterectomy is usually a last resort.
If you need surgery for pelvic pain, The Women’s Health Group, P.A. team specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques and robotic surgery.
To find the cause of your pelvic pain and receive effective treatment, call The Women’s Health Group, P.A. or book an appointment online today.