Treatment for chronic female pelvic pain at Dr. Valone your Des Moines ObGyn office can be approached in two ways: treating a known, specific cause of the pain or treating the pain itself as a medical condition.
Treatment Of A Known Or Suspected Cause Of Pelvic Pain
Based on your history, pelvic exam, and testing results, Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist may find one or more conditions that could be causing your pelvic pain or making it worse, such as endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome or pelvic infection, or uterine fibroids.
Depending on the cause, your treatment may include:
- Medicine to control or stop the ovulation cycle;
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy, counseling, or biofeedback;
- Surgery to remove painful growths, cysts, or tumors;
- Healthy lifestyle choices.
For both new (acute) and chronic pelvic pain, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the first-choice treatment for relieving pain and inflammation.
For cyclic pain that seems to be caused or made worse by menstruation, stopping ovulation and controlling hormone levels is commonly recommended and sometimes effective.
For chronic pelvic pain, combining medical and psychological treatment increases your chances of treatment success.
Counseling and mental skills training help you learn the mental and emotional tools for managing chronic pain and the stress that makes it worse.
Surgical treatment for chronic pelvic pain should be limited to the treatment of surgically correctable problems. Surgery is most useful for treatment of a specific cause of pelvic pain.
Surgical removal of the reproductive organs may relieve chronic pelvic pain when the cause of pain cannot be found.
We want to be your Des Moines gynecologist; if you are experiencing pelvic pain, call our office today at (515) 225-7201 to set up an appointment or to talk to any of our highly qualified staff members. We look forward to serving you.
Thank you for trusting us with your care!