Pelvic pain can feel like a constant, dull ache, or a sporadic sharp pain. Pelvic pain might get worse at certain times or with certain activities, such as urinating. You might also feel it in the surrounding areas, such as your lower back and thighs. Pelvic pain that starts suddenly and doesn’t last long is considered acute pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain typically lasts six months or longer.
Pelvic pain can develop for many reasons. Some are related to problems with your reproductive system or your urinary system; other causes may be linked to your digestive system. Pelvic pain may also be due to problems with the muscles and other tissue in your pelvic floor. Some reproductive causes of pelvic pain include: endometriosis, menstrual cramps, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids. Dr. Anghel conducts a full examination to determine the cause of your pelvic pain.
Dr. Anghel takes a complete medical history, conducts a pelvic exam and may order tests to determine what’s causing your pelvic pain. As a urogynecologist, Dr. Anghel can diagnose pelvic pain and recommend a course of treatment, whether it’s a problem with your reproductive system or urinary system. Tests that Dr. Anghel might order include the following:
That depends on what’s causing your pelvic pain. Dr. Anghel might recommend medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, lifestyle changes, or surgery. Lifestyle changes may include nutrition, dietary or exercise recommendations.
If you have pelvic pain, please contact First Class OB/GYN to set up an appointment and get the care you need.