Pain that occurs below your belly button and above your legs is pelvic pain. This pain may occur intermittently or be constant, and its intensity can be mild or severe. Regardless, the board-certified OB/GYNs at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology can help isolate a cause and offer treatment. To find relief, call the Atlanta, Georgia office for a pelvic evaluation or schedule an appointment online today.

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Should I be concerned about pelvic pain?

Occasional, passing pelvic pain associated with menstrual cramps or ovulation is normal. You know your body, and if your pelvic pain feels unusual or concerning, you should have it evaluated.

Pelvic pain can be an indication of a problem related to your reproductive organs or urinary system.

Pelvic pain may come and go or be persistent. It may occur only with certain activities, like sexual intercourse or when using the bathroom. It may feel sharp and intense or dull and achy.

You may notice other symptoms that accompany the pain, including irregular bleeding, vaginal discharge, or bloating. Pelvic pain isn’t something that you should tolerate; it deserves medical evaluation.

What are the possible causes of pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is often a symptom of a gynecological or urinary problem. In most cases, the doctors can offer treatment, so you find relief. Possible reasons for your pelvic pain include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Menstrual cramps or ovulation pain
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Sexually transmitted disease

Certain gynecological cancers can also cause pelvic pain, especially in the more advanced stages.

How is pelvic pain evaluated?

The doctors at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology thoroughly review your medical history and carefully evaluate your symptoms. They’ll also perform a pelvic exam as part of their evaluation. Blood tests, urine tests, and a vaginal swab can further inform your diagnosis.

Specialized tests that the doctors may order to evaluate your pelvic pain include:

  • Hysteroscopy to examine the uterus
  • CT scans of the uterus and abdomen
  • Pelvic X-rays or ultrasound

In some cases, the doctors may recommend exploratory laparoscopy to find the exact cause of your pelvic pain.

What are the treatments for pelvic pain?

Hormone treatments and over-the-counter pain medications can often help you manage pelvic pain. Antibiotics can resolve pelvic pain in the case of urinary tract infection or some sexually transmitted diseases.

If you have a condition like endometriosis or uterine fibroids, the doctors may recommend minimally invasive surgery to help you find relief.

Call KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule an appointment online today to evaluate your pelvic pain.