Pelvic Pain: Evaluation and Treatment

Chronic female pelvic pain is classified as pain below the navel lasting longer than 6 months. Pelvic pain can result from several different causes, many of which can be successfully treated.

Although the cause of pelvic pain cannot always be determined, some common origins include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Scar tissue after surgery or infection
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Bladder problems
  • Ovarian cysts

Patients who suffer from pelvic pain need a complete evaluation including blood and urine tests, screening for STI's and imaging such as a sonogram or CT Scan. Sometimes diagnostic surgery (Laparoscopy) may be used for evaluation if a cause cannot be found by other tests.

Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the cause, but can include:

  • Birth control pills or hormone treatment to control cyclic pain
  • Lupron therapy for severe Endometriosis
  • Surgery to remove a cyst or mass
  • Antibiotics
  • Pain relievers
  • Cognitive therapy

Pelvic pain can be a debilitating condition that can affect your everyday quality of life. It is important to work with your doctor to diagnose the cause of pain in order to receive effective treatment.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding Pelvic Pain, please call us today to schedule a consultation 301.681.3400

 

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