Pelvic Pain

Gyne Health Women's Center

Women's Health and Wellness & Medical Weight Loss located in Alexandria, VA

Pelvic pain is not a normal part of being a woman. If you have pelvic pain, find out what’s causing it at Gyne Health Women's Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Compassionate nurse practitioners Joanna Sampson, FNP-NP, and Dr. Ashwina Sheth, determine what’s causing your pelvic pain and then recommend treatments to resolve it. If you live in the Alexandria area, phone the helpful Gyne Health Women's Center staff today, or reach out online to schedule a pelvic pain consultation.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

Why do I have pelvic pain?

Your pelvis contains your reproductive organs as well as your digestive organs and other structures, any of which may cause or contribute to your pelvic pain. Some pelvic pain could be a sign of a potentially life-threatening condition, such as a ruptured appendix or ectopic pregnancy. Common causes of pelvic pain in either sex include:

  • Appendicitis  
  • Cystitis or urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • Digestive diseases, such as Crohn’s disease
  • Hernia
  • Scar tissue or adhesions 
  • Kidney stones 
  • Herniated discs or damaged nerves
  • Benign or cancerous tumors

If you have acute, severe pain on the lower right side of your pelvis, go to the emergency room immediately, because you may have a ruptured appendix. Some types of pelvic pain are acute (sudden onset), while others are chronic (lasting 12 weeks or more).

What kinds of pelvic pain do women experience?

In addition to experiencing the common types of pelvic pain that affect both sexes, women may have pelvic pain that’s caused by an abnormality or disease related to their reproductive organs. Reasons for pelvic pain in females include:

  • Menstrual cramps or ovulation pain
  • Ectopic pregnancy 
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian mass
  • Miscarriage
  • Adenomyosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Ruptured ovarian cyst or fallopian tube

If your pain is sharp or severe, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, which is potentially life-threatening. Go immediately to the emergency room. 

How do gynecology professionals treat pelvic pain?

The first step toward treating your pelvic pain is determining the cause. Your nurse practitioner conducts a thorough physical examination, including a pelvic exam. She may order tests such as an ultrasound, to visualize your organs, and also conduct blood and urine tests.

Because the team Gyne Health Women's Center is committed to a holistic approach to medicine, they may recommend lifestyle changes and supportive therapies to alleviate your pain. They may also conduct minor in-office procedures, such as endometrial ablation, and prescribe medications.

To find out why you’re suffering from pelvic pain, and to get relief, contact the team at Gyne Health Women's Center today. Call the office directly or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.