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South Sound Womens Center

OB-GYNs located in Olympia, WA

Pelvic pain can range from mild to severe, causing frustration and sometimes even disability. If you live in Olympia, Washington, or the surrounding area and suffer from pelvic pain, contact the expert team of OB/GYNs at South Sound Women’s Center. They can help diagnose and treat any gynecologic problems causing your symptoms so you find relief and prevent complications. Call the office to arrange a consultation today.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

South Sound Womens Center

What are the symptoms of pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is usually different than menstrual cramps. You feel it low in your tummy, and it usually involves the organs of the bladder, uterus, or ovaries. It may feel dull and achy or sharp and crampy. It can come and go or be constant and be accompanied by itching and burning in the vaginal region. You may find it follows a specific pattern and is cyclical or that it comes on rather suddenly.

What are the causes of pelvic pain?

Your period and ovulation can cause intermittent pelvic pain, but this pain is usually rather mild and passing. If you have cramping during menstruation that is severe enough to affect your daily activities, you may benefit from the support of the staff at South Sound Women’s Center.

Because pelvic pain may be caused by any of the organs in the region, it could be due to any number of causes. These include:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of your uterus
  • Ovarian cysts, fluid-filled sacs that develop on your ovaries
  • Fibroids, non-cancerous growths that develop in your uterus
  • Endometriosis, when tissue similar to that of the inside of your uterus grows outside its normal region
  • Infection, urinary or other
  • Pelvic prolapse, when the organs of your pelvis sag and push against the wall of your vagina
  • IBS, which is disruptive and irritates digestion

How is pelvic pain diagnosed?

At South Sound Women’s Center, the team takes an extensive medical history and performs a thorough exam to narrow down the potential causes of your pelvic pain. They may order a urine test, blood tests, and/or an ultrasound to get a better idea of the potential cause.

How is pelvic pain treated?

The treatment for pelvic pain, of course, depends on the cause. In cases of severe cramping due to your menstrual cycle or ovulation, the doctors may prescribe pain medications or birth control to alleviate your discomfort. If the pain is related to IBS, it may require some changes to your diet. An infection can be treated with antibiotics.

If you have an underlying problem causing your pain, such as cysts, endometriosis, or pelvic prolapse, the team at South Sound Women’s Center may refer you to a more involved surgical solution, such as a hysterectomy or laparoscopic surgery.

If you have pelvic pain, call the office of South Sound Women’s Center or book an appointment online to for diagnosis.