Pelvic pain is a complex but common women’s health issue that may indicate a more serious underlying problem. OB/GYN Michael R. Krause, DO and physician assistant Michele Peitz accurately diagnose and treat all types of pelvic pain at Dakota Women’s Clinic in Mitchell, South Dakota. If you’re concerned about pelvic pain, call or book an appointment online today.
Pain that occurs in your pelvis, or the area between your hips and below your belly button, is a common symptom that may be related to numerous different causes. Your pelvic area contains several organs, muscles, and nerves, any of which may be the source of pain.
Women’s pelvic pain may be a symptom of an underlying gynecological disorder, such as endometriosis. Other times, pelvic pain may continue without ever discovering a separate, diagnosable condition.
Although pain is the primary symptom, it can vary in type, intensity, duration, and frequency. It can be sharp and stabbing or dull and throbbing. The intensity of your pelvic pain doesn't necessarily correlate with the severity of the underlying problem.
Sometimes pelvic pain only occurs at certain times, such as just before or during your menstrual period. In other cases, pelvic pain may persist continually. Pelvic pain that lasts longer than six months is considered chronic.
You may experience pelvic pain surrounding specific events, such as your period, sex, or exercise. Other times, pelvic pain may come on unexpectedly, or persist throughout the day.
Pelvic pain may be a symptom of one or more medical conditions, such as:
Since pelvic pain is such a complex issue with several potential sources, finding the cause can take some time. It’s important to take note of the situations surrounding your pain to share with Dr. Krause or Michele during your exam.
First, Dr. Krause or Michele perform a comprehensive physical and pelvic exam. They thoroughly review your medical history and ask questions about your symptoms. They may also perform tests to help diagnose your condition, such as blood work or an ultrasound.
Then, they work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your condition, this may include:
If you have an underlying problem that requires advanced treatment, Dr. Krause may recommend surgery, such as a minimally invasive laparoscopy.
If you’re suffering from pelvic pain, call Dakota Women’s Clinic or book an appointment online.