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“I’m Having Pelvic Pain. Should I see My OB/GYN?”

Author: Stephine Kramer, M.D., Board Certified-Diplomate

What is pelvic pain?

“Pelvic pain” can be defined as any kind of pain that occurs in the lower abdomen/pelvic region. The source of the pain may be in the lower intestine, uterine cavity, urinary system, bowels, or other body systems. The pain may be dull or sharp, chronic or intermittent, localized or radiating.

Pelvic pain can be complex, as it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint its source. Your primary care physician or gynecologist may be a good resource for getting a diagnosis and treatment. Learn more about a few (of the many) causes of pelvic pain below.

What is the cause of my pelvic pain?

There are many possible causes of pelvic pain, including:

  • Endometriosis: Cells lining the uterus grow abnormally in other areas of the pelvic cavity, swelling and shedding during menstruation, causing pain and possibly scar tissue.
  • Ovarian Cysts: Growths on the ovaries that may cause pain – especially if they rupture.
  • Uterine Fibroids: Non-cancerous growths of firm tissue on the uterus, which can cause pain. (Note: many women have these fibroids. Oftentimes, they don’t even realize it, and the growths resolve on their own without intervention.)
  • Vulvodynia: Chronic pain around the opening of the vagina. Oftentimes cause cannot be determined.

How long should I wait before seeing a gynecologist for pelvic pain?

See your gynecologist for pelvic pain as soon as you think that your symptoms may be abnormal. Some types of pelvic pain may be caused by conditions that can worsen over time and lead to infertility – examples include endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease (a result of untreated sexually transmitted disease).

Because you cannot know the cause of your pelvic pain until you receive a diagnosis from a physician, it’s important to see your gynecologist sooner rather than later. 

Schedule An Appointment With a Gynecologist for Pelvic Pain

Are you suffering from pelvic pain? Schedule an appointment with your gynecologist at East Valley Women’s Medical Group (Mesa, Tempe & Gilbert, AZ). You can schedule online, or find the location, hours, and contact number for an office near you on our Contact page.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

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