Pain can be a good thing. Pain helps you learn what behaviors and actions are bad and potentially dangerous. After you touch a hot stone and receive a painful burn, you learn not to touch objects that may be hot. Additionally, pain is your body’s main way of telling you when something isn’t right. Stomach pain lets you know that you should use the bathroom or take an antacid. Muscle pain could indicate the need to rest as a hurt muscle heals. Although annoying and uncomfortable, pain is essential to living a healthy life.
Despite pain’s important role in keeping you well, it can also be easy to ignore it. When you live a life full of work, social obligations, and familial responsibilities, it can be easy to shrug off pain and decide to deal with it later. No pain, no gain, right? Wrong, especially when it comes to both acute and chronic pelvic pain. Pelvic pain can be a sign of more serious issues that need medical attention, and you need to take it seriously.
If you’re dealing with pelvic pain, come see us at Signature Women’s Healthcare. We’ll work with you to diagnose the source of the pain and create a custom treatment plan that will help you get back to a pain-free life. Jacquline Hayles-Patterson, MD and Tyndal M. Jones, MD are both board-certified OB/GYNs who will provide you with excellent care. From contraceptives to in-office surgery, we have your women’s health needs covered.
On pelvic pain
Women who suffer from pelvic pain certainly aren’t alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 15% of American women of childbearing age suffer from pelvic pain. Worldwide, rates range from 14% to 32%. Overall, up to 32% of childbearing-age women have missed work due to severe pelvic pain.
Pelvic pain can come from many sources and is often initially misdiagnosed. It’s important to make sure that you work with a women’s health expert to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.
The pelvis is located in an area of the body that’s filled with connective tissues, muscles, reproductive organs, digestive organs, and urinary tract components. Potential causes of pelvic pain include:
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic adhesions
- Interstitial cystitis
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Urinary tract infection
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Sexually transmitted infections or diseases
Endometriosis, a condition in which uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus, is also a leading cause of pelvic pain.
When it’s time to see a doctor
If you experience pain that comes on suddenly, lasts for more than a few days, or feels more intense than normal menstrual cramps, come and see us at Signature Women’s Healthcare. If your pain is associated with any of the following, it’s important that you make an appointment immediately:
- Heavy bleeding
- Infertility issues
- Nausea or vomiting
- Burning while urinating
- Pain during or after intercourse
- Discomfort during bowel movements
- Spotting between periods or after menopause
We have testing equipment onsite to provide you with a quick diagnosis that may be able to expedite treatment.
Treatment options will depend on your diagnosis and its severity. At Signature Women’s Healthcare, we’ve had success treating a variety of conditions with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, pain-relieving medications, hormonal contraceptives, and other hormone-based therapies. If deemed necessary, we also have expertise in minimally-invasive and outpatient procedures.
Don’t let pelvic pain control your life. The experts at Signature Women’s Healthcare can help you treat the source of your pain. Call or book an appointment online at one of our three suburban Atlanta offices today.