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Pelvic Pain Specialist

Dekalb Women's Specialists -  - OBGYN

Dekalb Women's Specialists

OBGYNs & Women's Health Specialists located in Decatur, Lithonia, and Stone Mountain, GA

Many women experience pelvic pain, especially during their periods. However, not all pelvic pain is the same, and it may develop from different causes. If your pelvic pain is severe or ongoing, the team at Dekalb Women's Specialists recommends you schedule an evaluation. The state-of-the-art practice uses advanced diagnostic tools and techniques to identify and treat the source of your pelvic pain so you can feel more like your usual self. Contact one of the offices in Lithonia, Decatur, or Stone Mountain, Georgia, by phone or book a visit online today.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain refers to any type of discomfort you feel in your lower abdominal area. Your pain may be a dull ache or a sharp shooting pain. In women, pelvic pain may be intermittent, occurring only during menstruation.

Though you may be able to manage your pelvic pain at home, if your pain is chronic, severe, or interfering with your daily activities, then you should schedule a consultation with the experts at Dekalb Women's Specialists. Your pain may be a symptom of a more serious health issue. 

What causes pelvic pain?

Your lower abdominal area is home to many organ systems, including your reproductive system, digestive system, and urinary system. Your pelvic pain may develop from any condition or disease that affects any of these systems.

Some of the most common gynecological conditions that cause pelvic pain include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Adenomyosis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Miscarriage
  • Vulvodynia

Other causes of pelvic pain include menstruation, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infections, and kidney stones.

How is pelvic pain diagnosed?

When you visit Dekalb Women's Specialists with concerns about pelvic pain, the team conducts a comprehensive evaluation to help you get the right diagnosis.

During your exam, your provider reviews your symptoms along with your gynecological, medical, and sexual history. They also ask about your family history. Then they perform a physical and pelvic exam.

Additional testing may be needed to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. Testing may include any of the following:

  • Urinalysis
  • Blood work
  • Pap smear
  • STD testing
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI

In some cases, the team may perform a diagnostic minimally invasive surgical procedure to find the cause of your pelvic pain. 

How is pelvic pain treated?

Your provider develops an individualized treatment plan for the management of your pelvic pain based on the underlying cause. 

When possible, they take a conservative approach that may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Hormonal contraceptives
  • Lifestyle changes

If conservative methods fail to alleviate your pelvic pain, your provider may recommend various procedures to address the underlying cause of your symptoms. The experienced team specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery.

Pelvic pain is common and not something you have to suffer through. To get the answers and treatment you need, call Dekalb Women's Specialists or book an appointment online today.