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Pelvic Pain

pelvic-pain-02Chronic female pelvic pain is classified as pain below the belly button lasting longer than 6 months. The pain can range from mild to severe, dull to sharp and may come and go or be constant. It is usually a symptom of another condition. Pelvic pain can be a result of several different causes, many of which can be successfully treated.

Although the cause of pelvic pain cannot always be determined, some common causes include:
  • Endometriosis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Scar tissue after surgery or infection
  • Uterine fibroids
Patients who suffer from pelvic pain may undergo a Pap test, blood test, urine test, pregnancy test and STD test to determine the cause of pain. Imaging devices and even exploratory surgery may be used to if a cause cannot be found.

Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the cause, but can include:
  • Antibiotics
  • Birth control pills or hormone therapy
  • Bladder Instillations
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Pain relievers
  • Surgery to remove a cyst or tumor, endometriosis treatment
Pelvic pain can be a debilitating condition that can affect your everyday life. It is important to work with your doctor to diagnose the cause of pain in order to receive effective treatment.