North Springs Ob/Gyn
OBGYNs located in Colorado Springs, CO
Pelvic pain isn’t something you just have to tolerate because you’re a woman. It can indicate a problem with your reproductive organs that needs a medical solution. At North Springs Ob/Gyn, Christian J. York, MD, and Jennifer Ziegler, MPA-C, are experienced at diagnosing and treating pelvic pain with medications, lifestyle changes, and surgery. To find a resolution for your pelvic pain, call the office in Colorado Springs, Colorado to book your visit.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
When should I be concerned about pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain manifests differently in each woman. It may be dull or sharp. It can come and go or be present constantly. You may only notice it when you do certain activities, such as urinate or have sex.
Any sort of pain in the pelvic region can indicate problems in organs that are involved in reproduction or urination, so it’s a good idea to have it evaluated.
You should definitely schedule an appointment with North Springs Ob/Gyn if your pelvic pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Bloating and gas
- Worsening menstrual cramps
- Constipation or diarrhea
Trust your instincts. If your pelvic pain just doesn’t feel right, visit the office for an evaluation.
What are the possible causes of pelvic pain?
A number of diseases or conditions may cause pelvic pain, including:
- Ovulation pain or menstrual cramps
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Urinary tract infections
- Uterine fibroids
- Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Uterine or ovarian cancer are rarer conditions but can also cause pelvic pain in their later stages.
How does polycystic ovary syndrome influence pelvic pain?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is a hormonal imbalance in which you have a higher than normal level of androgens, which are male hormones.
PCOS is characterized by a large number of small, fluid-filled cysts on your ovaries, which can cause irregular periods, disrupted ovulation, and heavy periods. Pelvic pain can accompany these menstrual disruptions. You may also have a propensity to weight gain and suffer from male pattern hair development, acne, and infertility.
The symptoms of PCOS are often managed with hormone therapy, but the condition can’t be cured. Infertility is usually overcome with drug therapies, and when necessary, intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization.
How is pelvic pain evaluated?
An evaluation for pelvic pain begins with a review of your current symptoms and your personal and family medical history. You’ll undergo a pelvic exam to see if any abnormalities, such as fibroids, can be detected.
Your provider may also order blood and urine tests and imaging, as well as check for a sexually transmitted infection. These tests can reveal fibroids, scar tissue, or cysts that may be causing your pain.
What is the treatment for pelvic pain?
Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the cause. Pain resulting from certain sexually transmitted diseases or a urinary tract infection can be resolved with antibiotics. Endometriosis, cysts, or uterine fibroids may require minimally invasive, robotic surgery for resolution.
Relief from pelvic pain is possible. Call North Springs Ob/Gyn to set up an appointment.