Pelvic Pain Specialist

Medical Care for Women, PC

Andrea D. Olanescu, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Astoria, NY

Studies have shown that an average of 15% of adult women suffer from pelvic pain at least once in their lives. At times, pelvic pain can occur due to a health condition or out of the blue. Andrea Olanescu, MD, at Medical Care for Women PC, offers comprehensive treatment services for women living in Astoria, New York, to help them manage and eliminate their pelvic pain. Call the office today or go online if you’d like to learn more about how to get rid of your pelvic pain.

Pelvic Pain Q&A

What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain refers to pain that occurs below your abdomen and in between your hips. With pelvic pain, you might experience sharp, severe, dull, or throbbing pain. Pelvic pain isn’t necessarily consistent, so it can come and go or be continuous, with varying degrees of intensity.

It’s normal to feel some pelvic pain right before your menstrual period, though severe pelvic pain outside of your menstrual period can be a sign of a gynecological issue.

If you experience pelvic pain for more than six months, it’s considered chronic and requires rigorous treatment.

What are the common causes of pelvic pain?

The most common cause of pelvic pain is ovulation or the beginning of your menstrual period. When pelvic pain occurs outside your menstrual period, it can be a sign of any of the following gynecological conditions:

  • Ovarian cysts
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic inflammation
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis

Some medical conditions can also cause pelvic pain, like kidney stones, inflammatory bowel disease, and urinary tract infections.

If you’re going through a period of high stress or depression, a natural side effect can be pelvic pain. You might also experience pelvic pain without any identifiable cause.

How is pelvic pain diagnosed and treated?

Diagnosing pelvic pain can be tricky, and can require a series of tests to determine its cause.

During your appointment with Dr. Olanescu, she starts by conducting a comprehensive physical and pelvic exam. She also studies your medical history to see if any underlying conditions are at the root of your pain.

Dr. Olanescu might also perform an ultrasound or blood test to check for diseases. In complex cases of pelvic pain, your doctor might perform a minimally invasive surgical procedure like a laparoscopy to determine the cause.

Treatment plans for pelvic pain greatly depend on its severity and cause. Dr. Olanescu creates a personalized treatment that uniquely matches your conditions. Some of these plans can include:

  • Physical therapy: acupressure and acupuncture
  • Lifestyle changes: healthy exercise regimen
  • Nutritional therapy: vitamin supplements and dietary changes
  • Medication: pain relievers

If these treatment options don’t seem to help, Dr. Olanescu may recommend surgery.

Medical Care for Women is committed to getting to the root of your symptoms and eliminating your pelvic pain. Get in touch today by phone or online to book an appointment.