Female pelvic pain is usually considered chronic when it lasts for at least six months. However, it is important to see a physician when pelvic pain persists for any amount of time.
Symptoms associated with chronic pelvic pain can include:
Common causes of chronic pelvic pain include:
Our physicians will perform a complete pelvic exam in addition to performing a number of tests to identify the cause of a woman’s chronic pelvic pain. Tests may include:
If these initial tests are inconclusive, our physicians may recommend other tests, include a transvaginal ultrasound and an MRI or CT scan of the pelvis. In some instances, a minor surgery called laparoscopy may be performed, which is when the physician puts a thin, lighted tube with a tiny camera through a small cut in the belly to look for problems inside the pelvis.
Once the cause of the pelvic pain has been identified, our physicians can recommend the optimal treatment plan depending on the cause. Some common treatments include: