Many women dismiss pelvic pain as just part of being a woman. But pain is your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong, and you should never ignore it. John Murphy, MD, FACOG and Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG of Central Oregon OB/GYN in Bend, Oregon can quickly diagnose and treat the pain that holds you back from doing the things you love. To discuss your pain symptoms with an experienced OB/GYN, call to schedule an appointment today.
Pelvic pain occurs in the lower part of the abdomen between the belly button and hips, usually indicating a problem in the digestive, urinary, or reproductive systems.
Pelvic pain varies from woman to woman. It can be severe and persistent, intermittent, or feel more like a lingering, dull ache. Some women also have sharp, pelvic cramping or pain that worsens during sex, urination, or bowel movements.
Pelvic pain has many potential causes, some more serious than others. Conditions that cause pelvic pain in women include:
When pelvic pain disrupts your daily activities like exercise, work, and sleep, it’s time to see Dr. LeGrand or Dr. Murphy. Because many conditions potentially cause pelvic pain, your doctor often uses a process of elimination to diagnose the cause of your pain.
Dr. Murphy and Dr. LeGrand use several exams and tests to rule out certain conditions:
Treatment for pelvic pain varies from woman to woman depending on her age, condition, and symptoms. Dr. Murphy and Dr. LeGrand typically recommend a combination of the following for relief from pain and improved quality of life.
Medications include over the counter and prescription pain relievers, antibiotics to treat infection, and hormone treatments to treat pelvic pain associated with the menstrual cycle.
Several different non-invasive therapies and procedures are available to block pain including trigger point injections and spinal cord stimulation. Physical therapy stretches and strengthens abdominal muscles.
For some women, surgery is the best option for pain relief. Dr. LeGrand or Dr. Murphy uses laparoscopic surgery to look inside and remove abnormal tissue for women with endometriosis.
For more serious structural problems, a hysterectomy may be medically necessary. Today’s hysterectomy surgeries are less painful and invasive than ever and require much less downtime for recovery.
Pelvic pain is an often misunderstood condition. To find out what’s causing your abdominal pain, schedule an appointment by calling Central Oregon OB/GYN today.