Pelvic Pain

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Women's Healthcare Group

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in York, PA

Pelvic pain is a common issue for women and can come and go based on your menstrual cycle or be a chronic problem. Women’s Healthcare Group in York, Pennsylvania, specializes in the management of women’s health needs and can determine the cause of your pelvic pain, whether acute or chronic or whether the cause of the pain is related to your reproductive organs, and provide the most appropriate treatment plan to help you get relief. If not a gynecological cause, we can help work with other providers (such as gastroenterology or urology) to determine the cause. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is Pelvic Pain?

For women, pelvic pain refers to any discomfort you feel in the lower part of your torso. It’s not uncommon for women to experience pelvic pain. But if your pain is constant and lasts longer than six months, than your pelvic pain is considered chronic.

The symptoms and severity of your pain can vary widely. Your pain may be a constant dull ache or sharp and excruciating, or a combination of both. You may also experience tenderness when touched or a feeling of heaviness in the pelvic area.

Many women experience monthly pelvic pain before or during their menstrual cycle, or when ovulating.

What Causes Pelvic Pain?

Your pelvic pain may develop from any number of causes. In most cases, the cause of your pelvic pain isn’t a serious health condition.

Common gynecological causes of pelvic pain include:

  • Menstruation
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)

PID and POP are the two most common causes of pelvic pain treated at Women’s Healthcare Group.

What is PID?

Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection that develops in your reproductive organs. A bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) most often cause it, but PID can also develop from the normal bacteria found in your vagina. If left untreated, PID can affect your ability to bear children and lead to chronic pelvic pain.

Symptoms of PID include:

  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • Pain during intercourse or urination
  • Irregular menstrual cycle

You may be at risk of PID if you have a prior history of STDs, PID, douche, recently had an IUD inserted, or you have more than one sexual partner. It is also common in women 15 to 24 years of age who are sexually active.

The specialists at Women’s Healthcare Group may prescribe antibiotics to treat PID. You may need more than one antibiotic to treat the infection. It’s important to take your medication as prescribed, even after your symptoms subside, to cure the infection.

What is POP?

The muscles that hold up your vagina, urethra, bladder, and rectum are your pelvic floor. Pregnancy, childbirth, and hormone changes, such as during menopause, can weaken these muscles and lead to pelvic organ prolapse, causing your pelvic organs to drop down. You may also develop POP if you are overweight, have a chronic cough, or due to constipation and straining during bowel movements.

Common symptoms of POP include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Organs bulging out of your vagina

If you have POP, your specialist at Women’s Healthcare Group may help you make diet and lifestyle changes to relieve your symptoms. You may also find pelvic floor exercises help strengthen your muscles for improved support and a reduction in symptoms. A pessary to support the pelvic organs is another option.

Surgical procedures can also treat POP, but may not relieve all symptoms.

Pelvic pain is a common problem for women, but it can be managed with the right treatment. To get relief from your pelvic pain, call Women’s Healthcare Group today or schedule an appointment online.