Pelvic pain is the experience of pain or discomfort in your lower abdomen or pelvis. That pain can radiate to nearby areas, including your buttocks, lower back, or thighs.
Pelvic pain can differ from one woman to the next, depending on their overall health and the pain’s cause. Pelvic pain is sometimes a dull, throbbing type of pain, or it can be a sudden, sharp, stabbing pain.
Your pelvic pain may occur only during certain activities, such as urination or sex. It might also come and go without any obvious cause.
Pelvic pain can be a symptom of a severe medical condition, including digestive, urinary, or reproductive issues. Sometimes, several of those issues can contribute to your pelvic pain. If you're suffering from any pelvic pain, seek urogynecological care from Dr. Chung to determine the source of your pain.
There are two types of pain: acute and chronic.
One of the reasons it’s so important to seek immediate medical care for pelvic pain is that it can originate from many different diseases and conditions. The following lists represent just a few common causes of pelvic pain.
Acute pain -- sudden onset and severe -- can result from:
Chronic pain -- pain lasting more than 6 months -- commonly stems from:
Pelvic pain often affects women for years, reducing their ability to enjoy their daily lives. Most gynecologists don’t specialize in managing this type of pain, but Dr. Chung has focused on treating patients with all types of lower abdominal and pelvic pain throughout his entire career.
He has also published papers on the “Evil Twins” syndrome, detailing the roles of interstitial cystitis and endometriosis in pelvic pain.
Most patients with chronic pelvic pain have seen numerous providers with little to no relief of their symptoms. After decades in practice, Dr. Chung has perfected his diagnostic and treatment skills, which is why so many women turn to him when they experience pelvic pain.
Endometriosis is a disorder that affects a woman’s reproductive system. It’s often painful and can make it difficult to go about your daily routine.
Your uterus has a layer of tissue known as the endometrium. During your monthly menstrual cycle, that tissue grows, thickens, and then breaks down and sheds during your period. Endometriosis occurs when your body produces endometrium outside of your uterus.
That tissue goes through the same cycle as the tissue within your uterus. The difference is that the displaced tissue has no way to exit the body, and it can develop into scar tissue and adhesions that bind certain organs together. That can harm your fertility.
There are numerous treatment options for endometriosis. Your individualized treatment path depends on the severity of your symptoms, the complexity of their cause, and whether you plan to become pregnant in the future.
Treatment options include medications to manage pain and hormone supplementation to control tissue growth. Women planning to become pregnant in the future may choose to undergo conservative surgery to remove excess tissue while leaving the uterus and ovaries intact.
For some women, a total hysterectomy is the best treatment option. You may want to pursue egg harvesting and freezing to preserve your ability to have a child at a later time through surrogacy. Dr. Chung works with you to find the best treatment option for your needs and goals.
It’s vitally important to seek out a competent and experienced laparoscopic surgeon who’s knowledgeable in treating endometriosis. Many patients come to Dr. Chung after going through multiple laparoscopies to evaluate endometriosis. Dr. Chung has specialized in laparoscopic surgical techniques since 1990.
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