Donald Jones, MD, FACOG
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Poplar Bluff, MO
Donald Jones, MD, FACOG, works diligently and compassionately to determine the root cause of your pelvic pain. At Ozark OB/GYN in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Dr. Jones offers proven diagnostic testing and treatments for women dealing with persistent pelvic pain that casts a shadow over many aspects of daily life. From medications to helpful lifestyle changes and minimally invasive surgeries, the friendly health care team at Ozark OB/GYN provides valuable medical assistance.
Pelvic Pain Treatment Q & A
What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain is pain in the lowest part of your pelvis and abdominal area. In women, pelvic pain can refer to symptoms associated with the digestive, urinary, reproductive, or musculoskeletal system.
There are a number of causes of pelvic pain, and chronic pelvic pain often occurs due to more than one condition. Pelvic pain is caused by:
- Irritation of nerves in the pelvis
- Menstrual cramps
- Ovarian cancer
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Uterine fibroids
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Urinary tract infections
- Kidney stones
- Interstitial cystitis
Pelvic pain varies depending on the source, but it often comes and goes in flares. You might only notice pelvic pain at certain times, such as during sexual activity or when you urinate.
Chronic pelvic pain refers to any intermittent or constant pelvic pain that’s been present for six months or longer.
When should I visit a doctor about my pelvic pain?
If you suddenly develop severe pelvic pain, you should promptly seek medical attention. New instances of pelvic pain should be looked over by a doctor just to be safe and protect your reproductive health. If your pelvic pain disrupts your daily life or worsens over time, visit Dr. Jones for treatment to find relief.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of pelvic pain. Endometriosis is a gynecological condition that occurs when part of the tissue that lines the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. This can happen on other pelvic organs, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowel, or the pelvic lining.
The endometrial tissue still thickens and bleeds during the menstrual cycle, just as it normally would in the uterus. This can become dangerous since the menstrual blood has nowhere to go.
Cysts can occur in the ovaries, and the surrounding tissue can become scarred and irritated due to inflammation. Sometimes this develops into adhesions when abnormal tissue develops and connects tissues and pelvic organs together.
Endometriosis can cause infertility problems and severe pain during menstruation if it persists.
How do I know if my pelvic pain is endometriosis?
As well as pelvic pain, the symptoms of endometriosis to look out for include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Pain with urination and bowel movements
- Pain during and after intercourse
Dr. Jones provides various treatments for many types of pelvic pain, including medications such as hormone therapy and anti-inflammatory medications as well as laparoscopic surgery and even a hysterectomy.
If you’re dealing with pelvic pain, call Ozark OBGYN or book your consultation online.