Many women experience pelvic pain, but this common symptom may be due to an infection or other medical problem. Experienced OB/GYN Stanley Niznikiewicz, MD, FACOG, diagnoses and treats pelvic pain at his two locations in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn and Harrison, New York. If pelvic pain is bothering you, call or book an appointment online today.
Pelvic pain refers to discomfort in your lower abdomen. Pain may be constant or it can come and go. It may feel like a sharp, stabbing sensation, or a dull ache throughout the area in between your hips.
Sometimes, pelvic pain is related to an event or activity, like your menstrual period or sexual intercourse. Pelvic pain that persists longer than 4-6 months is considered chronic.
Pelvic pain is a common symptom you may experience at various points in your menstrual cycle, like during ovulation or your period. However, pelvic pain that’s unusually severe, frequent, or persistent may be a sign of a medical problem.
There are many possible causes of pelvic pain, including:
Rarely, pelvic pain may be a symptom of gynecological cancer, including uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancers. Sometimes, pelvic pain lasts for months or years without any diagnosable cause.
First, Dr. Niznikiewicz thoroughly reviews your symptoms and medical history. It’s important to tell him about any symptoms that occur along with your pelvic pain, like painful urination, fever, or abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Then, Dr. Niznikiewicz performs a physical and pelvic exam. Depending on your needs, he may also take one or more of the following tests:
If these tests don’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, Dr. Niznikiewicz may perform a hysteroscopy, which involves inserting a thin tube with a camera (hysteroscope) through your cervix and into your uterus. This allows Dr. Niznikiewicz to closely examine the inner walls of your uterus.
After he diagnoses the cause of your pelvic pain, Dr. Niznikiewicz develops a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your needs, this may include:
If your pelvic pain continues despite conservative treatments, Dr. Niznikiewicz may recommend surgery.
For expert care of pelvic pain and its underlying causes, call the office of Stanley Niznikiewicz, MD, FACOG, or book an appointment online today.