Chetanna Okasi, MD
OB/GYN located in Columbia, MD & Greenbelt, MD
Pelvic pain is a general term used to describe pain or discomfort in the abdomen or pelvis. When used in women’s healthcare, pelvic pain is often narrowed down to much more specific terms. Pain stemming from complications in the pelvic region, reproductive organs, urinary tract, or digestive system are all categorized under the term “pelvic pain.” If you live in the Ellicott City, Maryland area, and are experiencing any degree of pelvic pain, contact Dr. Chetanna Okasi at Columbia, MD immediately for a consultation or appointment.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
What Causes Women’s Pelvic Pain?
Women may experience pelvic pain due to a number of reasons. The pain felt may be dull or sharp, short and intermittent, or long and consistent. Pelvic pain can also affect neighboring body parts, such as the lower back, legs, and buttocks. Disease, inflammation, and infection are the primary causes of pelvic pain. However, it’s important to consider that pain is a symptom of a wide range of conditions, and it’s unlikely to determine the true cause without consulting Dr. Okasi. Some causes of women’s pelvic pain include:
- Menstrual cramps
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine fibroids (growths within the uterus)
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
Remember that pelvic pain may not solely be caused by female-related issues, but that doesn’t make the issue any less serious. Men and women may experience pelvic pain for the same conditions, which can include:
- Colon cancer
- Pelvic muscle spasms
- Sexual abuse
How Does Dr. Okasi Diagnosis Instances of Pelvic Pain?
Dr. Okasi first asks a series of questions regarding your past and current health, the medical history of your family, and specific symptoms. Pelvic exams include visual examinations, physical examinations, and tests, such as pap smears, for a thorough understanding of what causes the pain. During a pap smear, Dr. Okasi may use a small spatula or device to gather sample cells from the cervix. Further, some examinations may require X-rays or another form of scanning to identify.
How is Pelvic Pain Treated?
Treatment of pelvic pain depends heavily on the cause of the pain, how severe the pain is, and how often it occurs. Conditions stemming from muscle spasms or soreness can be treated with medicine that alleviates the pain and relaxes the muscles causing the pain.
Pain associated with menstruation can benefit from the use of hormone therapy, such as birth control pills or injections. Musculoskeletal based pain may benefit from a change in lifestyle, especially if the patient is overweight. The reduction in weight places less stress on the reproductive organs and the neighboring organs.
Further, some cases might require surgery in order to alleviate the pain. In order to figure out what treatment is best for you, Dr. Okasi examines you; do not wait if you are experiencing any type of pelvic pain.
Accepted Insurance Providers
Dr. Chetanna Okasi and Women's Wellness MD accepts most major insurance plans. If you have any questions, please call our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.