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Chronic Pelvic Pain Specialist

Elite Women's Care

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Hoffman Estates, IL

If you’re experiencing chronic pelvic pain, it could be a sign that something is wrong in your reproductive organs or bladder. At Elite Women’s Care, the team of OB/GYN experts provides evaluation and treatment for pelvic pain so you find relief. Call the Hoffman Estates, Illinois, office or schedule an appointment online to receive compassionate, knowledgeable care for pelvic pain.

Chronic Pelvic Pain Q & A

What defines pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain can be a condition in its own right or a symptom of a larger problem. Sometimes, finding the exact cause of pelvic pain is a challenge, but the team at Elite Women’s Care uses their knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat your issues and help improve your quality of life.

Pelvic pain can be isolated to a certain location, or it can seem to encompass the entire area between your pubic bone and belly button. 

Pain may be steady and severe, dull and aching, or intermittent – meaning it comes and goes. Cramping, sharp pains, pressure, or heaviness in your pelvis are all concerns to have evaluated at Elite Women’s Care.

Can certain activities intensify the pelvic pain?

Yes, you may have pelvic pain that occurs or worsens during certain activities such as:

  • While having a bowel movement or urinating
  • During sexual intercourse
  • When you sit for long periods of time

In general, pelvic pain can be annoying and distracting or be so severe that you miss work or school, experience sleep interruptions, or are forced to limit your physical activities.

What are the causes of pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is often due to complex gynecological conditions. You may have more than one reason for pain, too. The more common causes could be:

  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Problems with your musculoskeletal system, such as inflammation of the
  • pubic joint
  • A hernia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Interstitial cystitis, which is a painful bladder syndrome
  • Digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome

To diagnose your pelvic pain, the doctors thoroughly review your symptoms and health history. They also have you undergo a complete pelvic and physical exam and may order blood tests and screenings, such ultrasound or other imaging tests. 

In hard-to-diagnose cases, laparoscopic surgery may be needed to see what’s going on with your pelvic organs.

How is pelvic pain treated?

Your treatment plan is customized according to the suspected cause of your pelvic pain. The doctors may recommend pain relievers or hormonal treatments. If an infection, such as a urinary tract infection, is causing your pain, you may need antibiotics. 

Physical therapy and surgery are other interventions. A hysterectomy is sometimes advised in cases of pelvic pain associated with fibroids or you may undergo laparoscopic surgery to remove ovarian cysts or endometrial tissue.

If you’re suffering from pelvic pain that’s disrupting your day-to-day quality of life, call Elite Women’s Care or schedule an appointment online for evaluation and treatment today.