Steps to Take if You Have Pelvic Pain

Steps to Take if You Have Pelvic Pain

Most women know the pain and discomfort associated with menstrual cramps. It’s perhaps some consolation that menstrual cramps typically clear up within a few days. They’re unpleasant, but at least they’re temporary. 

Chronic pelvic pain is different. Chronic means those painful symptoms happen a lot more frequently — they can even be continual. About 1 woman in 7 in the United States is dealing with chronic pelvic pain right now, which means it’s a lot more common than you may think. 

Lots of issues can cause chronic pelvic pain. Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG, and his team at Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches perform in-depth evaluations and exams to determine the exact cause, so every patient’s treatment can be targeted. Here’s how to handle your pelvic pain.

Common causes of pelvic pain

The lower belly area is home to a lot of organs, and that means there can be lots of possible causes of chronic and recurring symptoms. Some of the most common causes include:

These problems can cause dull or sharp pain that persists or recurs on a regular basis for a long period of time. 

Some underlying issues can cause other symptoms, like painful intercourse, irregular bleeding, or painful urination or bowel movements. During your exam, Dr. Charles asks you to describe your symptoms to aid in diagnosis.

What to do for pelvic pain

Because so many issues can cause or contribute to pelvic pain, it’s important to have an exam so Dr. Charles can identify that cause and provide the best treatment. In addition to a pelvic exam and a review of your symptoms, Dr. Charles may recommend other diagnostic methods, like:

Pelvic pain can take a toll on your comfort, your well-being, and your daily life, but the good news is, prompt treatment can help relieve those symptoms as quickly as possible. Depending on the cause of your symptoms, Dr. Charles may recommend:

In some cases, such as symptomatic uterine fibroids, Dr. Charles may recommend surgery using a traditional or minimally invasive approach. 

Some women may find relief with over-the-counter pain medicines and application of moist heat or heating pads. That’s fine for temporary relief until you can see Dr. Charles. 

But remember: Chronic pelvic pain is a sign of an underlying problem, and it should never be ignored. Prompt diagnosis is important for finding long-term symptom relief and for preventing that underlying issue from getting worse.

Get help for your pelvic pain

Today, there are more options than ever for treating chronic pelvic pain. The first step in finding relief is having an exam, so Dr. Charles can diagnose the cause. To schedule your exam at our practice in Greenacres, Florida, call or book an appointment online today.

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