Pelvic pain is a very common problem among women of all ages. It often affects all aspects of a patient’s life. Relationships, family life, ability to work and enjoy life can all be impacted.
What is causing my pelvic pain?
The cause of pain can be very complicated and is often multifactorial. At O&G we need a long initial appointment to fully explore what is contributing to pain. Some common causes of pelvic pain include:
- Uterine cramping
- Ovarian ovulation / cyst pain
- Nerve pain
- Pelvic floor muscle overactivity
- Bladder pain
- Bowel pain
Will any tests be required?
A detailed discussion about the pain, pelvic examination and pelvic ultrasound will all need to be performed at your initial visit at O&G. Blood tests, infection screens and other imaging (such as an MRI) may be required and will be explained to you at the time of your appointment.
How can my pain be treated?
Comprehensive and effective treatment of pain often requires a multidisciplinary approach. At O&G we have a team including a pelvic floor physiotherapist, dietician, psychologist and many specialist who work together to manage your pain.
Initially determining the reason for the pain is very helpful in guiding treatment. Usually pain medication on its own is not targeting the cause of the problem and other treatments are required. This may include simple pelvic exercises, relaxation techniques and physiotherapy input, or an operation may be needed which is almost always key hole surgery. Whatever the cause for your pain, usually a period of ongoing monitoring and adjusting treatment options is required.