Pelvic pain is something most women experience at some point in their lives, most often during their periods. However, not all pelvic pain is related to menstruation, and because there are variances caused by many different reasons, it is important to consult with the right physician if your pain is severe or ongoing.
The highly skilled obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) at Dekalb Women’s Specialists are uniquely qualified to treat a wide variety of painful pelvic conditions. Using our state-of-the-art, advanced diagnostic tools and techniques, we can promptly diagnose the source of your pelvic pain and effectively address it.
Learn more about how we go about diagnosing and treating pelvic pain below – and why we are the premier choice for women in the community suffering from this ailment.
Common Causes of Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain is any type of discomfort – such as a dull ache or a sharp shooting pain – you feel in the lower abdominal area, whether intermittent or continuous. Your lower abdominal area contains many organ systems – including the reproductive, digestive, and urinary systems – which may be affected by a painful condition or disease.
Although you may be able to manage mild to moderate pelvic pain at home with medication or other remedies, chronic pain that is severe orinterferes with your daily activities should be analyzed by the experts at DeKalb Women’s Specialist, since it may be a symptom of a more serious health issue.
Some common gynecological conditions that cause pelvic pain are:
- Endometriosis– a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the organ.
- Fibroids– abnormal growths that develop within or on the uterus.
- Ovarian cysts– solid or fluid-filled sacs or pockets within or on the surface of an ovary.
- Adenomyosis– a condition in which endometrial tissue grows into the uterine wall.
- Ectopic pregnancy – when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus.
- Ovarian cancer
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Vulvodynia– chronic, unexplained pain around the opening of the vagina.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Urinary tract infections
- Kidney stones
How We Diagnose and Treat Pelvic Pain
At Dekalb Women’s Specialists, we diagnose the cause of pelvic pain by first conducting a comprehensive evaluation that includes a review of symptoms, as well as the patient’s gynecological, medical, sexual, and family medical histories. Our OB-GYNs then perform a physical and pelvic exam.If additional testing is needed to confirm or rule out a diagnosis, it may include:
In some instances, our team may perform a minimally invasive procedure to help pinpoint the root cause of your pelvic pain. Once it is found, your provider will work with you to create atreatment plan designed to best manage your pain based on its underlying cause.
Whenever possible, we will opt for a conservative treatment approach that may include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
- Hormonal contraceptives
- Lifestyle changes
If conservative measures fail to alleviate your pelvic pain, your provider may recommend a surgical procedure to address the underlying cause. Should it be necessary, our experienced OB-GYN team specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including robotic surgery.
Why Choose Dekalb Women’s Specialists?
Our approach to diagnosing, treating, and preventing pelvic pain – and every other medical condition specific to women’s health – is top-notch and highly effective. We prioritize timely and accurate diagnostics to give our patients the information they need regarding their health. We use state-of-the-art treatment approaches carried out by highly experienced physicians who are passionate about the work they do. When it comes to quality women’s health services, you simply can’t be in better hands.
Pelvic Pain Treatment in Lithonia, Decatur, and Stone Mountain, Georgia
There is no need to continue to suffer with pelvic pain. Not when our team our team of board-certified and experienced physicians provide the comprehensive gynecology services and support you need at every stage of life, including:
- Well-woman visits
- Standard screenings, such as Pap smears and breast exams
- STI testing
- Birth control
- Infertility evaluation
- Pregnancy care
- Menopause support
If you are looking for the highest quality gynecological and obstetrical healthcare beyond your regular annual visit, call DeKalb Women’s Specialists today at (404) 508-2000to set up a consultation at our nearest location to you. Or, simply use our convenient online tool to schedule your appointment.