Pelvic Pain Specialist

Midatlantic OBGYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Centreville, VA & Leesburg, VA

Pelvic pain is a common complaint in women and may result from many causes. However, most causes of pelvic pain are treatable. At Midatlantic OBGYN in Centreville and Leesburg, Virginia, the experienced women’s health experts use advanced diagnostic tools and treatments for pelvic pain to help you get relief from your discomfort. To schedule an evaluation for your pelvic pain, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain refers to pain that occurs in the lower front part of your abdomen. Your pain may be dull and achy or sharp and severe. In some cases pelvic pain is acute, lasting only a short period of time. However, in other cases, pelvic pain is chronic, lasting six months or more.

You should seek immediate medical help if your pelvic pain comes on unexpectedly and severely. This type of pain may be a symptom of a ruptured ovarian cyst, which can result in excessive bleeding.

If your pelvic pain is chronic, even if the pain only occurs intermittently, you should contact Midatlantic OBGYN for an evaluation.

What causes pelvic pain?

You may develop pelvic pain from a number of causes, including conditions that affect your reproductive organs, digestive system, or urinary system. Common gynecological causes of pelvic pain include:

  • Menstrual cramps
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ovulation
  • Endometriosis
  • Vulvodynia
  • Gynecological cancer (rarely)

You may also develop pelvic pain from a urinary tract infection or interstitial cystitis. Pelvic congestion, which is enlarged veins in the abdominal area, also causes chronic pelvic pain.

Irritable bowel syndrome, gastroenteritis, and inflammatory bowel disease may also lead to pelvic pain.

How is pelvic pain diagnosed?

The team at Midatlantic OBGYN uses a number of methods and modalities to diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain. This may include a physical and pelvic exam, ultrasound testing, blood work, a CT scan, or an MRI.

Your OB/GYN may also suggest a minimally invasive surgical procedure called a laparoscopy to diagnose and provide therapeutic relief from your pelvic pain. Your laparoscopy is performed using very small incisions and a laparoscope, which is a surgical camera that allows your OB/GYN to evaluate your reproductive organs without the need for a large, open incision.

During your laparoscopy, your OB/GYN also performs any necessary surgical procedure to treat the underlying cause of your pelvic pain.

How is pelvic pain treated?

Your practitioner at Midatlantic OBGYN develops an individualized treatment plan for your pelvic pain based on the diagnosis, severity of symptoms, and your overall health.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Antidepressants
  • Physical therapy

Most pelvic pain is treatable. However, your pain may recur depending on the underlying cause, such as endometriosis or interstitial cystitis, and require ongoing medical management to keep symptoms at bay.

To get relief from your pelvic pain, call Midatlantic OBGYN or request an appointment online today.