Pelvic Pain

Gynecology & Women's Health located in Napa, CA

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is a complex symptom that requires a thorough investigation to pinpoint the source and determine the right treatment for relief. With advanced diagnostic technology, including in-office ultrasounds and same-day interpretation of results, John Armstrong Jr., MD, MS, is equipped to deliver comprehensive care for pelvic pain. Call John T. Armstrong Jr. MD Inc. in Napa, California, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more. You can also book a telehealth visit to connect with an experienced provider remotely.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is discomfort in the area between the belly button and hips. It can be chronic (long-term) or acute (short-term). Some women experience severe pelvic pain that interferes with their everyday lives, while others feel intermittent discomfort that comes and goes.

Understanding the underlying cause of pelvic pain is essential to determine the appropriate treatment. With in-house ultrasounds, Dr. Armstrong can provide a prompt diagnosis and treatment for pelvic pain.

How can I tell if I have pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” condition. It affects every woman differently. Common signs of pelvic pain include:

  • One-sided discomfort
  • Burning pain
  • Dull ache
  • Pain that worsens during bowel movements 
  • Pain made worse by movement
  • Cramping
  • Localized pain
  • Sudden pain
  • Pain that develops gradually
  • Sharp twinge

The type of pain you have can help your gynecologist diagnose and treat its underlying cause.

What is the root cause of pelvic pain?

Many health problems can cause pelvic pain, including:

  • Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometrial polyps
  • Reproductive cancers
  • Ectopic pregnancy (outside the uterus)
  • Twisted ovary

Some causes of pelvic pain are temporary and go away with time, but many are not. A comprehensive pelvic exam protects your reproductive health and prevents complications.

How do doctors diagnose pelvic pain?

If you have frequent or persistent pelvic pain, your gynecologist may review your medical history before performing a pelvic exam and Pap smear (cervical cancer screening). They can also conduct a hysteroscopy, which involves inserting a special light into your cervix to see your uterus.

The practice has in-house ultrasound technology that allows your gynecologist to perform the exam and interpret your results during your appointment.

What are my treatment options for pelvic pain?

Treatments for pelvic pain can vary depending on the cause. Recommended treatments may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Heating pad or warm compress
  • Antibiotics
  • Birth control pills
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Nutritional changes

You don’t have to live with pelvic pain on your own. Call John T. Armstrong Jr. MD Inc. today or schedule an appointment online to get the care you deserve.