Abundant Life Healthcare
OB-GYNs located in Lawrenceville, GA
Every woman experiences menopause differently, but at some point between the ages of 45-60, your body’s production of hormones slows and your menopause begins. Dr. Marc Jean-Gilles and his team at Abundant Life Healthcare in Lawrenceville, Georgia, offer compassionate and effective menopause management strategies, including hormone replacement therapy. Call or make an appointment online today to learn more about your treatment options.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain in women can be caused by a wide variety of potential issues and medical conditions. If you experience pelvic pain — especially if it disrupts your normal daily activities — make an appointment with Dr. Jean-Gilles for a diagnosis of your issue to discover the cause.
Some of the common causes of pelvic pain include:
Fibroids are growths that develop in or on your uterine walls. When a fibroid is large, it can distend your uterus and cause pain.
Endometriosis is a painful condition where your endometrium, also called uterine lining, develops outside of your uterus, usually on your ovaries or fallopian tubes. Over time, the displaced tissue builds up and causes scarring and adhesions on your pelvic organs.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form on your ovaries when your ovaries fail to release an egg. Cysts can become quite large and cause pelvic pain and painful intercourse.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when an egg is fertilized when it’s still in your fallopian tube and attaches to the tube instead of your uterus. This is an extremely dangerous condition and requires treatment as soon as it’s diagnosed.
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection — usually, a complication related to a sexually transmitted disease — that causes inflammation in the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. This condition causes pelvic pain and can lead to infertility and other conditions.
Infections in your urinary tract or bladder can cause inflammation that leads to pelvic pain and pressure.
When should I talk to a doctor about pelvic pain?
You should make an appointment with Dr. Jean-Gilles if your pelvic pain is severe, accompanied by abnormal bleeding, and if it disrupts your normal activities — including sleep. When Dr. Jean-Gilles can diagnose the cause of your pain, you can start treatment.
How is the cause of pelvic pain diagnosed?
Dr. Jean-Gilles has a variety of diagnostic tools to identify the cause of your pelvic pain. He offers comprehensive exams where he talks to you in detail about your symptoms, orders blood work, and performs a pelvic exam to feel for any abnormalities.
He can also use diagnostic imaging services like ultrasounds and MRIs to look at your pelvic organs.
If these tests are inconclusive, he examines your reproductive organs more closely and takes a tissue sample during a laparoscopy.
How is pelvic pain treated?
Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the cause of your pain, and Dr. Jean-Gilles customizes your treatment to address your specific needs. Your treatment plan may include medications, hormone therapies, or minimally invasive procedures to remove or correct abnormalities.
If pelvic pain is disrupting your life, call or request an appointment online today.