Many women suffer from chronic pelvic pain, but it could be a sign of more serious underlying health conditions like uterine fibroids or endometriosis. At ObGyn Care of Oklahoma, Dr. Patel routinely diagnoses and treats complex women’s health conditions that cause pelvic pain. Don’t let pain get in the way of your everyday life. Call the Oklahoma City office or use the online booking tool today.
Chronic pelvic pain affects nearly one out of every seven women and can have a number of causes. It’s important to get regular pelvic exams to monitor your gynecologic health and check on serious health matters like gynecologic cancer. Two of the most common causes of pelvic pain are uterine fibroids and endometriosis.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that appear on your uterus, most often in women of reproductive age. They range in size from tiny and undetectable by the human eye to bulkier masses that can severely disrupt the functioning of your uterus. You can have a single fibroid or multiple fibroids. Symptoms include:
Uterine fibroids often don’t show any symptoms, so you can have them without knowing. They’re often detected during routine pelvic exams or during a prenatal ultrasound.
Endometriosis is a painful condition in which the endometrium, the tissue that lines the inside of your uterus, grows outside of your uterus and affects your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or areas beyond your pelvic organs.
This tissue normally gets flushed out during your menstrual cycle. But when it grows outside the uterus, it has no way to exit your body and gets trapped. This condition can irritate surrounding tissue and cause scarring and adhesion. In some cases, it can even cause harmful cysts called endometriomas.
Common symptoms of endometriosis include:
The first step in treating either condition is attaining a diagnosis. Dr. Patel recommends regular pelvic exams, which are often the first line of defense and provide reliable and early detection. Depending on your symptoms, health condition, and medical history, Dr. Patel may recommend other diagnostic methods like ultrasound or laparoscopy.
The treatment method Dr. Patel chooses depends on your specific case, but it may involve hormonal treatments, including medications that release estrogen or progesterone. He may also recommend certain hormonal contraceptives, such as IUDs or specialized surgical procedures. Hysterectomy is the most common procedure used to treat fibroids and endometriosis.
If you’re suffering from chronic pelvic pain, call or use the online booking tool today to set up an appointment with Dr. Patel.