Pelvic Pain Specialist

Newport Center Women's Health

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Wellness located in Newport Beach, CA

Around 15 percent of women in the United States experience chronic pelvic pain each year, according to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Gigi Kroll & Dr. Zhanna Pinkus with their team of providers at Newport Center Women’s Health in Newport Beach, California, are dedicated to figuring out the cause of your chronic or acute pelvic pain and determining the right treatment option for you. If you are experiencing uncomfortable pelvic pain, call or book an appointment online with Newport Center Women’s Health today.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

Newport Center Women's Health

What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is described as any type of pain in your pelvis or lower abdomen. It can be chronic, which means it lasts for 6 months or more, or acute, sudden and brief.

What makes pelvic pain difficult to diagnose is that the pain itself often varies from woman to woman, depending on its cause and symptoms.

For example, one woman experiencing pelvic pain may feel a constant dull ache in her lower abdomen, while another can feel pain that radiates through her lower back, buttocks, and thighs.

Some women only feel pelvic pain during intercourse or urination, and others endure it almost constantly.

Pelvic pain can be accompanied by other symptoms like discolored vaginal discharge, abnormal vaginal bleeding, lower back pain, and more.

What are the causes of pelvic pain?

The type of pain you feel may help determine exactly why you are experiencing pelvic pain, so it’s important to talk to your gynecologist if you’re feeling any kind of pain in your pelvic region.

There are many potential causes behind pelvic pain, including:

  • Severe menstrual cramps
  • Adenomyosis, or heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Certain types of cancers, such as ovarian cancer

Pelvic pain may even be stemming from an entirely different cause like kidney stones, constipation, appendicitis, or even colon cancer.

How is pelvic pain treated?

Because pelvic pain has such a wide range of possible causes, the breadth of treatment options is just as varied.

Once your gynecologist determines the cause behind your pelvic pain—through a pelvic ultrasound, blood test, urine sample, or even laparoscopic surgery—she’ll be able to create the right treatment plan for you.

Some of the most well known pelvic pain treatment options include:

  • Medications including antibiotics
  • Changes in diet and lifestyle habits
  • Physical therapy
  • Progesterone injections for endometriosis
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Complete hysterectomy, in rare cases

You may also be offered a combination of different treatments and therapies to reduce or eliminate your pelvic pain.

If you’ve been experiencing either acute or chronic pelvic pain, contact the dedicated team at Newport Center Women’s Health or book an appointment online today.