Pelvic Pain Specialist

Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG

OB/GYN located in Greenacres, FL

There may be many different causes of pelvic pain, ranging from endometriosis to uterine fibroids. There are also a number of other reasons you may be experiencing pelvic pain, but Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG, can get to the bottom of it. Arrange an appointment with Dr. Charles in Greenacres, Florida, to find out why you're having pelvic pain and how to get relief from the pain as quickly as possible.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is Pelvic Pain?

Pelvic pain typically refers to pain in the pelvic area that lasts long enough to be classified as chronic. This means that the pain occurs for six months or more. Chronic pelvic pain may be sporadic, but it tends to recur. Chronic pelvic pain can also be continual, with no relief. While pelvic pain is typically chronic, there may be cases where it's classified as acute. This means that the pelvic pain lasts for a short time and doesn't return.

Why Does Pelvic Pain Occur?

Pelvic pain can occur for different reasons. In many cases, pelvic pain is directly related to problems with the reproductive organs, but it can also be related to issues within the urinary tract or bowel. Two common reasons for pelvic pain are:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis

How Does Dr. Charles Examine a Patient with Pelvic Pain?

Dr. Charles will need a full medical history from you to get a complete picture of your condition. This medical history is then followed by a pelvic exam, during which Dr. Charles will check your pelvic area both externally and internally. Dr. Charles may also perform some specific tests to narrow the cause of your pelvic pain, including a:

  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • Laparoscopy
  • Cystoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy

What is the Treatment for Pelvic Pain?

The treatment for pelvic pain depends on several things, including the:

  • Origin of your pain
  • Exact type of pain (whether it's short term or chronic)
  • Impact the pain has on your life

The treatment options can include:

  • Oral Medications: Oral medications are often very effective for pain relief but may only be a short-term solution. Options in oral medications may include narcotic pain relievers, anti-inflammatory pain relievers, and others
  • Surgery: Surgery options can include laparoscopy, uterine ablation, and hysterectomy
  • Lifestyle Changes: In some cases, lifestyle changes can make a big difference for patients with pelvic pain. Lifestyle changes can include losing extra weight and making healthy dietary changes. Some types of home care, for example, the application of moist heat, may also be helpful in alleviating pelvic pain.