Female Pelvic Pain

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Female Pelvic Pain


Many reproductive age women occasionally have pelvic pain. This female pelvic pain can be transient (comes and goes) or persistent (lasts months or years). There are several different causes for transient and chronic female pelvic pain, and while most transient pain resolves spontaneously (on their own) the longer lasting pain sometimes requires surgical repair.


A sudden onset of moderate to incapacitating female pelvic pain can have many causes, including reproductive, gastrointestinal, urinary or musculoskeletal abnormalities. Reproductive problems include painful menstruation, endometriosis, nonfunctional ovarian cysts, ruptured ovarian cysts, degenerating fibroids, PID (pelvic infections), adhesions (pelvic scar tissue), and pregnancy (including ectopic pregnancies). 


When confronted with sudden onset of pelvic pain, a woman should check her temperature (with a thermometer), a pregnancy test (urine tests are generally sensitive enough but blood tests are even better if early in pregnancy), and bounce gently from her tiptoes to her heels while standing (to see if there is widespread abdominal and pelvic pain). If there is sudden pelvic pain along with a fever, a positive pregnancy test, or widespread pain on sudden movement then the woman should contact her gynecologist immediately. 


When the female pelvic pain lasts for a longer period of time, this may be caused by pelvic endometriosis, pelvic adhesions (scar tissue), persistent nonfunctional (pathological) ovarian cysts, or degenerating fibroids. A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can help to identify the problem and often allows an experienced surgeon to repair the pelvic problem. The laparoscopy procedure is often performed for pelvic pain at the point when the patient finds that living with the discomfort from the pelvic pain is worse than the prospect of a low risk day stay surgical procedure. Finding an Infertility Surgeon with experience in pelvic repair can be very important in terms of the outcome of the surgery, both in terms of future fertility and reduction in pain.


Dr. Eric Daiter at The NJ Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, LLC would be happy to help you and he has extensive experience with laparoscopy and pelvic repair. For an appointment to discuss your situation with Dr. Daiter, please call the office at 908 226 0250. Visit us on the web at http://www.drericdaitermd.com http://www.ericdaiter.com and http://www.infertilitytutorials.com

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