Pelvic pain is common. Depending on the underlying cause, it can range from mild to severe and last for a few hours, days, weeks, or longer.
While occasional pain from common causes like menstrual cramps or fibroids is normal, seeking medical attention for a sudden onset of discomfort or pain that feels intense or lasts more than a few days is essential.
At Memorial Women’s Specialists, our team of OB/GYN doctors and gynecologists offer treatment for pelvic pain and women’s health services at our office in Houston, Texas.
What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain caused by menstrual cramps is common and usually normal. However, if you experience unusually strong cramps that interfere with your everyday activities, don’t respond to over-the-counter pain medication, or make it difficult to go about your regular routine, contact us to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.
Menstrual cramps may be normal, but they shouldn’t disrupt your life.
Other possible causes of pelvic pain include:
Pelvic pain can also develop from issues not related to your reproductive system, such as:
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Kidney stones or infection
If you’re pregnant and experience pelvic pain, seek medical attention immediately.
When should you see a doctor for pelvic pain?
If your pelvic pain is severe, lasts for more than a few days, or occurs with other symptoms like fever, nausea, or vomiting, contact us to schedule an appointment to get to the bottom of your pain and rule out potential health problems.
Generally, you shouldn’t ignore persistent or recurring pain. Conditions like endometriosis, where uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, can be extremely painful and debilitating.
When uterine tissue grows in other areas, like the pelvis lining or anywhere outside your uterus, it still becomes inflamed and bleeds during your menstrual cycle. The problem is that this tissue isn’t flushed out during your period, causing discomfort and ongoing pain.
Fibroids are also a common source of pain. They can often be treated with medication like hormonal birth control. If your fibroids have to be removed, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is usually recommended, depending on the size and location of the fibroids.
If you’re unsure whether you need to see a doctor for your pelvic pain, call us to discuss your symptoms.
For more information about the underlying causes of pelvic pain and the treatment options available at Memorial Women’s Specialists, contact us today to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist at our Houston office.