Pelvic pain can occur due to a number of reasons, so it can be difficult to determine the exact cause. At Special Care for Women, you can meet with expert OB/GYN Braden Richmond, MD, to find the cause of your pelvic pain and solutions to relieve your pain. Before your discomfort worsens, schedule an exam at the state-of-the-art clinic in Anniston, Alabama. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain can stem from a number of different organs throughout your urological and reproductive system. You may experience intermittent pain that comes and goes or chronic pain that starts affecting your quality of life. In either case, pelvic pain shouldn’t be ignored. Common causes of pelvic pain include:● Bladder infections.● Interstitial cystitis.● Uterine fibroids.● Ovarian cysts.● Menstrual cramps or ovulation.● Sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Endometriosis is a common cause of pelvic pain that occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside the uterus. Dr. Richmond offers the latest treatments, from medical to surgical, for endometriosis. Infections, abnormal growths, or chronic conditions can cause pelvic pain, making it very important to have a comprehensive exam and any essential testing to get a thorough diagnosis.
How is pelvic pain treated?
Treating pelvic pain depends on the exact cause of your pain. Dr. Richmond may order blood testing or a urinalysis right away to see if you have a lingering infection or other issues that could be causing your pain. If he needs to perform a pelvic exam and feels any abnormalities, he could also order a pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound to get a glimpse of your pelvic organs. Once he better understands what’s causing your pelvic pain, he can put together your treatment plan. Treating pelvic pain can include:● Birth control ● Behavior modification● Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)● Antibiotic medications ● Anti-inflammatory drugs If needed, Dr. Richmond offers minimally invasive surgery to treat pelvic pain. No matter what’s causing your pelvic pain, you can feel confident that Dr. Richmond is going to help you find an effective solution.
Do I need surgery for pelvic pain?
If your pelvic pain is due to pelvic organ prolapse, Dr. Richmond can perform pelvic floor reconstruction. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weakened, causing the pelvic organs to shift out of place and resulting in pain and discomfort.
Dr. Richmond offers a wide range of pelvic floor repairs based on the issue, including anterior and posterior repair, sphincter repair, sacrospinous fixation, and obliterative repairs such as LeFort procedure.