Both acute and chronic pelvic pain can have serious underlying medical causes, and being evaluated early is the key to optimal results. John Scaffidi, MD, FABOM, FACOG is the women’s health expert at Lehigh Valley Weight Loss and specializes in pelvic pain. He uses state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of your pelvic pain so you can receive the best care for your needs. For expert care for your pelvic pain call the Allentown or Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, office today, or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation.
What are the primary gynecologic causes of pelvic pain?
You may be experiencing gynecological pelvic pain for a number of reasons. Some of the most common causes of pelvic pain, aside from normal menstruation and ovulation, include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection that can affect any of the pelvic organs
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Ovarian, uterine, or cervical cancer
- Adhesions or scar tissue
- Interstitial cystitis
- Pelvic floor disorders and pelvic organ prolapse
Because so many issues can cause or contribute to pelvic pain, a thorough exam is the best way to ensure you get the most appropriate treatment for long-term relief of symptoms and to avoid potential complications.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the lining of your uterus, referred to as the endometrium, grows on other parts of your reproductive system, such as your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the lining of your pelvis. If you have endometriosis, you may experience severe pelvic pain during your period. Other symptoms include:
- Pain during intercourse
- Abnormal period
- Worsening or severe menstrual cramps
Endometriosis can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, but the first step is a proper and thorough evaluation by an expert like Dr. Scaffidi.
How is the cause of pelvic pain determined?
The diagnosis of pelvic pain begins with a pelvic exam, as well as a review of your medical history and symptoms. Ultrasounds may be ordered along with blood tests and urinalysis to confirm a diagnosis.
What is the treatment for pelvic pain?
Treatment for your pelvic pain depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Scaffidi works closely with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan, which may include:
- Pain relievers
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Hormone therapy
- Physical therapy
If surgery is under consideration as a treatment for your pelvic pain, Dr. Scaffidi specializes in minimally invasive options to maximize the success while reducing your recovery time and risk.
Some patients respond to certain types of antidepressant medications. When the cause of pelvic pain cannot be determined, treatment will focus on the long-term relief of symptoms so patients can enjoy an improved quality of life.