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Why You Should Never Ignore Pelvic Pain

It's no secret that many women take on the role of caretaker. These efforts often focus on others' needs, and you may end up neglecting your own health in the process. But one thing that you should never ignore is pelvic pain. These symptoms can be:

If you’re dealing with pelvic pain, come see us at Medical Care for Women. Board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Andrea D. Olanescu provides excellent and compassionate care. She can help diagnose your pain source and create a personalized treatment plan to help you get back to a pain-free life.

What you should know about pelvic pain

Women who have pelvic pain certainly aren’t alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 15% of American women in their reproductive years suffer from pelvic pain. Worldwide, these rates range from 14% to 32%. Further, up to 32% of these women have pain so severe that they’ve missed work.

Pelvic pain can come from many sources, which can sometimes cause a misdiagnosis at first. That means it’s crucial to partner with a women’s health expert you trust to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment from the very beginning.

Common causes of pelvic pain

Your pelvis contains muscles, connective tissues, digestive organs, reproductive organs, and urinary tract components. As a result, you can experience pelvic pain for several reasons, including:

A leading cause of pelvic pain is endometriosis, a gynecological condition in which uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus.

Symptoms you shouldn’t ignore

If you have pain that comes on suddenly, feels more intense than normal menstrual cramps, or lasts longer than a few days, see Dr. Olanescu at Medical Care for Women. You should also make an appointment immediately if you have additional symptoms, such as:

We have testing equipment onsite so Dr. Olanescu can provide you with a quick diagnosis that could expedite your treatment.

Solutions for pelvic pain

Treatment options for pelvic pain depend on your diagnosis and its severity. Dr. Olanescu has had success in treating various conditions with pain-relieving medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, hormonal contraceptives, and other hormone-based therapies. In some cases, she also recommends lifestyle changes, nutritional modifications, or complementary therapies, like acupuncture or acupressure. 

If your pelvic pain doesn’t respond to conservative therapies, Dr. Olanescu could recommend surgery.

Don’t let pelvic pain control your life, and you should never ignore it. Dr. Olanescu at Medical Care for Women can help you find and treat the source of your pain. Call us today at 718-278-0888, or book an appointment online at our convenient location in Astoria, New York.

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