Pelvic pain affects as many as one in seven women. Discomfort within the lower abdomen and pelvic region could be a result of an abnormality or illness relating to a variety of key bodily systems and functions. Although any general discomfort of the pelvis can be described as pelvic pain, it is especially important to seek treatment from your physician at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare if your pain begins to worsen or become severe.
Pelvic pain causes either continuous or intermittent pain in the lower abdomen area. Pelvic pain causes anywhere from sharp stabbing pains to a dull achiness and affects each woman differently. If the pain lasts longer than six months, it’s considered chronic. Sometimes pelvic pain is triggered by a specific event such as:
Various conditions cause pelvic pain, and sometimes no specific cause is ever determined. Some possible causes of pelvic pain include:
First, your Louisiana Women’s Healthcare gynecologist learns as much about your medical history as possible. We ask you general health questions and inquire more about your pelvic pain. After a conversation about your condition, your gynecologist performs a physical exam, which will likely include a pelvic exam. Your doctor may also need to perform follow-up testing to verify or rule out certain conditions. Lab tests, ultrasounds, and other investigative tests help them determine your diagnosis.
Treatment varies significantly based on your diagnosis. The pelvic pain experts at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare start with the least invasive treatment options and progress as the need arises. A few lifestyle modifications and pain relievers help in most cases, but more aggressive therapies are also available if conservative treatments don’t work.
Pelvic pain isn’t something you should just learn to live with. Whether your pelvic pain comes and goes or is persistent, seek expert evaluation and treatment from the physicians at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare. Over 30 caring physicians are ready to help you diagnose and treat your source of pelvic pain. Schedule a visit with one of our pelvic pain specialists today online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.