Many women experience pelvic pain. The frequency and severity of the pain may vary, and the cause isn’t always clear. If you have pelvic pain that’s affecting your quality of life, Sumeeta Nanda, MD, FACOG, and Hoda Maarouf, MD, FACOG, are here for you at Women's Preventive Healthcare in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They use advanced diagnostic tools to find the root cause of your pelvic pain so you get the most effective treatment. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Pelvic pain includes any type of discomfort you feel in your lower abdominal area. The pain may be sharp and severe or dull and achy.
In some cases, pelvic pain develops unexpectedly and resolves quickly. However, many women experience chronic pelvic pain, which is pain that lasts six months or longer. Chronic pelvic pain may be constant, or it can come and go.
Your lower abdominal area houses many vital organs. In women, pelvic pain often develops from problems related to their reproductive organs.
Common gynecological conditions that cause pelvic pain include:
Pelvic pain may also develop from problems related to your digestive or urinary system, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Though you may be able to handle the mild cramping every month during your period, if your pelvic pain worsens over time or interferes with your daily life, you should contact Women's Preventive Healthcare to schedule an evaluation.
Severe pelvic pain that occurs unexpectedly may be signs of a ruptured ovarian cyst or fallopian tube. If you have this type of pelvic pain, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
When you visit Women's Preventive Healthcare for a pelvic pain consultation, you can expect a comprehensive, patient-focused exam.
During your evaluation, your women’s health expert asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type of pain you feel, when the pain occurs, and how the pain has changed over time.
Your provider also reviews your medical and gynecological history and then performs a physical and pelvic exam.
To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, your practitioner may request various tests, such as blood work, urinalysis, STD testing, or an ultrasound.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your discomfort, the severity of your symptoms, and your personal preferences.
Treatment for pelvic pain may include:
Your provider talks with you about your diagnosis and treatment options so you can make an informed decision about how best to proceed.
Don’t let your pelvic pain dictate your life. Call Women's Preventive Healthcare or book an appointment online to schedule an evaluation.