A thorough diagnostic exam can be the first step toward relief if you're living with pelvic pain. Help is available through the care of Giuseppe Ramunno, MD, and the team at Bethany Women’s Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona. Don’t accept pelvic pain as inevitable when there are treatments that can help. Call or click today to book a visit and learn more.
Numerous different things can cause pelvic pain. Some of the conditions that might be to blame for your discomfort include:
As you can see, a wide range of gynecologic issues can cause or contribute to pelvic pain. Coming in for a thorough diagnostic workup is the best way to determine the exact cause of your symptoms.
Uterine fibroids are abnormal growths that develop on or within your uterus. Although these growths are almost always benign, they can cause a range of disruptive symptoms.
You can have one fibroid or many, and they can range in size from as small as a grain of rice to so large they distend your abdomen. Abnormal bleeding can be a sign of fibroids, as can a sensation of fullness or heaviness in your lower abdomen.
There are a number of ways to treat uterine fibroids, but not all cases need to be treated. Your gynecologist might suggest a “wait and see” approach to determine if the fibroids are growing larger. Some methods cut off blood supply to the fibroids, shrink them, or surgically remove them.
Endometriosis is a gynecologic condition in which the tissue that lines your uterus (endometrium) begins to grow outside the uterus within the pelvic area. This tissue goes through the same phases as your normal uterine lining, thickening before breaking down and bleeding.
The problem lies in the fact that there’s no place for the bleeding to escape the body, because this tissue is not within the uterus. That can lead to pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, and other symptoms.
There are multiple ways to treat endometriosis. Your treatment path depends on the severity of your symptoms and whether you plan to become pregnant in the future. Though a conservative approach is always preferred, some women can only achieve full relief from their symptoms after a hysterectomy.
If you’d like to learn more, come in for a personalized diagnostic exam. Online booking is also an option and can be done any time of day or night.