Women often deal with pelvic pain and discomfort during their menstrual period. However, what should a woman do if she is experiencing pain outside of her period? When should a woman be evaluated to determine if the cause of her pelvic pain is a more serious issue that requires treatment? At Craig Range OB/GYN, women in the McKinney, TX area are encouraged to call their doctor for an evaluation if they are experiencing new, unusual, or severe pelvic pain.
What does pelvic pain feel like?
Pelvic pain is discomfort that can develop in the abdominal area. It may be anything from a dull ache to a sharp sensation. Some women may experience cramping that is intermittent, while other types of pelvic pain may be intense and constant. The pain may worsen when women are engaging in intercourse, urinating, having a bowel movement, or even with long periods of sitting or standing.
What causes pelvic pain?
There may be many reasons why a woman is experiencing pelvic pain, and it may not always be associated with their reproductive health. Pelvic pain may be caused by a condition in the digestive organs or urinary tract. Some of the more common reasons for pelvic pain include:
- Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
- Pelvic floor muscle spasm
- Endometriosis or adenomyosis
- Ovarian remnants following a complete hysterectomy
- Uterine fibroids
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Inflammation of the bladder (Interstitial cystitis)
- Chronic stress
- Neuropathic pain
How can a doctor determine the cause of pelvic pain?
Sometimes the cause of pelvic pain can be difficult to pinpoint. However, with a proper evaluation and complete, thorough diagnostic testing, many women can find the cause of their condition and then work with their doctor, Dr. Craig Ranch, to discuss appropriate treatments to solve the problem.
Are you struggling with unexplained pelvic pain?
It is important for women who are dealing with abnormal pelvic pain to speak to a professional about their condition to evaluate the causes of the problem. Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX can assist at his practice, located in Suite 100 at 7900 Henneman Way. Schedule an appointment by calling the front office at (214) 544-6600 and setting up a time for your evaluation.