Gynecological issues can cause acute or chronic pelvic pain
Pelvic pain can be difficult to diagnose, but our Austin obgyns have the expertise to determine the cause of a woman’s pain. In fact, Erica Garza, M.D., focused on diagnosing and treating chronic pelvic pain during her fellowship.
Pelvic pain can occur in the lower abdomen, lower back and genital area. The pain may be mild or severe, acute or chronic. It may be a dull pain that feels like it spreads across the abdominal area or a stabbing pain.
Acute pelvic pain lasts three months or less
Acute pain occurs suddenly and can be sharp and severe. It’s defined as pain that lasts three months or less. Several issues can cause acute pelvic pain.
- Ruptured fallopian tube
- Twisted or ruptured ovarian cysts
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID
Chronic pelvic pain involves ongoing pain that lasts six months or more
Chronic pain can occur due to certain gynecological and urinary conditions.
- Uterine fibroids
- Endometrial polyps
- Pelvic adhesions
- Bladder problems
- Menstrual problems
- Certain types of cancer
When should women seek medical treatment?
Severe pelvic pain could be a sign of a medical emergency and may require immediate medical care. Women who experience the following symptoms, in addition to pelvic pain, should make an appointment with our Austin obgyns.
- Pain or problems with urination
- Pain in the hip or groin area
- Pain during sex
- Severe menstrual pain
- Vaginal discharge, spotting or irregular bleeding
- Bloated abdomen and/or problems with gassiness
Diagnosis and treatment
Diagnosis begins with a thorough medical history and pelvic examination. Our Austin obgyns may also perform more tests, including an ultrasound or laparoscopy.
Depending on the diagnosis, there are several methods to treat pelvic pain. Treatment could be as simple as lifestyle changes or taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), or it may involve physical therapy, biofeedback or even psychotherapy.
Sometimes, surgery is necessary to relieve pelvic pain. Our Austin obgyns are trained to perform advanced, state-of-the-art surgical techniques, so women are in good hands at Wildflower OB/GYN.
Pelvic pain can be a puzzle, and it’s important to seek help from experienced physicians like our Austin obgyns. Women who suffer from pelvic pain should contact us today for an appointment.
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