What Causes Pelvic Pain?

Women in McKinney, TX who experience pelvic pain may be unsure what is causing the discomfort. Sometimes pelvic pain is short-term, which  might indicate a starting period or gastrointestinal issue. Other times, pelvic pain may be more of a chronic issue and impact a patient’s quality of life. At Craig Ranch OB/GYN, women who are experiencing pelvic pain on a regular basis may be dealing with a serious concern that requires further evaluation. Determining the source of the pelvic pain starts with an evaluation.

What can cause pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain may have many sources, some which do not require any further treatment other than rest and over-the-counter pain medication. Other causes may be more serious and require treatment with a doctor. Below are just a few of the more common reasons why pelvic pain occurs:

  • Menstrual pain/cramps
  • Ovulation
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Sexually transmitted disease/infections
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Endometriosis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Urinary stones
  • Appendicitis

What can be done for pelvic pain?

Some conditions and problems can be easily managed with rest, heat, and anti-inflammatory medications, while others may require more focused care. For example, conditions such as appendicitis may require immediate medical care and removal of the appendix to alleviate symptoms such as sharp abdominal pain, vomiting, and fever. Menstrual cramps, on the other hand, are commonly managed with pain medicine and activity each month during one’s period.

When should I be concerned about pelvic pain?

Mild pain that comes and goes may just be related to ovulation and menstrual cramps. However, if you are experiencing continued, chronic, or severe pelvic pain on a regular basis, it might be a sign of a more serious concern that requires further evaluation by a medical professional.

Contact Craig Ranch OB/GYN today

McKinney, TX women experiencing chronic pelvic pain are encouraged to visit with a professional to undergo a complete evaluation and determine the cause of the concern. If you live in the community and have yet to see a doctor, call (214) 544-6600 to request an appointment. Dr. Craig Ranch and his team are committed to providing a diagnosis and treatment for pelvic pain.

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