Pelvic pain can have many causes, including some serious gynecological disorders. If you develop unexplained pelvic pain, visit board-certified OB/GYN Asia Mohsin, MD, at PWH Fertility Evaluations in Mission, Texas. Conditions responsible for pelvic pain can affect fertility, so it’s important to consult Dr. Mohsin to determine your pain’s cause and receive appropriate treatment. Call PWH Fertility Evaluations today or book an appointment online for expert pelvic pain diagnosis and treatment.
Pelvic pain has multiple causes, some related to the urinary system and lower bowel or the joints, connective tissues, and nerves. Pelvic pain in women can result from the following gynecological conditions:
Endometriosis develops when uterine tissue plugs grow outside the uterus. The plugs bleed when you menstruate and can cause adhesions and scarring, leading to severe pelvic pain.
Ovarian cysts are small fluid sacs that grow on the ovaries. They’re common and often symptomless but may be painful if large.
This condition is typically due to an infection, most likely a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus. They may be small and cause no problems or develop into large masses that trigger pelvic pain.
PCOS develops when you have increased levels of androgen (male sex hormone).
Dysmenorrhea is painful menstruation.
Mittelschmerz is pain before and during ovulation.
Dr. Mohsin discusses your symptoms, checks your medical history, and completes a pelvic exam to determine your pain’s cause. You may also need diagnostic procedures, such as:
After making an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Mohsin designs a personalized treatment plan to resolve your pain and fertility issues.
The pelvic pain treatment Dr. Mohsin recommends varies depending on the cause. Options include:
Oral anti-inflammatory pain relievers and low-dose tricyclic antidepressants can help you manage pelvic pain. To address the cause, you might need to use hormonal contraceptives or other hormone therapies. If you have an STD, you might need medicines to kill or suppress the infection.
You might require laparoscopy or hysteroscopy to remove endometrial adhesions or uterine fibroids causing pelvic pain. Endometrial ablation (removing the endometrium lining your uterus) is an option for severe endometriosis. A hysterectomy (uterus removal) may be necessary if nothing else works.
When selecting pelvic pain treatments, Dr. Mohsin considers their effect on your fertility. For example, it’s inadvisable to become pregnant after endometrial ablation and impossible after a hysterectomy. If fertility preservation is important to you, Dr. Mohsin excels in finding alternative treatments that ensure you can still bear children.
Call PWH Fertility Evaluations today or book an appointment online for expert pelvic pain treatment.