Pelvic Pain

May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology -  - Obstetrics

May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located throughout Lancaster & Lebanon Counties, PA

Around 15% of American women live with pelvic pain that lasts for six months or more. The team of women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology diagnose and treat the causes of pelvic pain at offices conveniently located in Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, Lititz and Lebanon, Pennsylvania. If you’re living with pelvic pain, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology or make an appointment online today.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What Conditions Cause Pelvic Pain?

Your experience with pelvic pain is unique. Pelvic pain can be dull and throbbing, or you may feel like you’re being stabbed. Pelvic pain might be your constant companion, or it may come and go. Your pain may follow your menstrual cycle, or it may seem completely random.

With so many variations of pain, it’s no surprise that dozens of conditions cause pelvic pain. Some of the common gynecological causes of pelvic pain include:

  • Menstrual cramps
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Vulvodynia
  • Ovarian cancer

Not all pelvic pain is due to problems with your reproductive organs. You might also have pain from conditions including:

  • Appendicitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Cystitis and urinary tract infections
  • Kidney stones
  • A hernia

Your doctor needs to identify the condition causing your pain so they can create a customized treatment plan to relieve your pain and heal your body.

When Should I See a Doctor About Pelvic Pain?

Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. If you have pain that doesn’t subside after a day or two of rest and over-the-counter pain medication, you should make an appointment with the experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology.

It’s easy to think that menstrual cramps and other pelvic pain are just something you need to put up with, but if your pain disrupts your life and stops you from going to work or participating in other activities, you should talk to a doctor about your symptoms.

If you suddenly develop severe pelvic pain on one side of your body, you should get immediate medical attention, especially if you think you’re pregnant. Ectopic pregnancies are rare, but extremely dangerous if left untreated.

How is the Cause of Pelvic Pain Diagnosed?

The women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology offer thorough, patient-focused consultations and exams to identify the cause of your pelvic pain. They ask questions about your pain, other symptoms, general health, and lifestyle.

Your doctor also performs a physical exam, including a pelvic exam. They may also provide a Pap smear or collect blood and urine samples to screen for conditions that can cause pelvic pain.

Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound or other diagnostic imaging procedure if they need additional information to diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain.

If you’re living with pelvic pain, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology or make an appointment online today for compassionate, customized treatments and care to relieve your pain.