Pelvic Pain

Karen E. Kennedy, MD

Gynecology & Aesthetics located in Gulf Breeze, FL

Pelvic pain can show up as severe or dull, but it seriously interferes with your quality of life. At the office of Karen E. Kennedy, MD, you get a caring evaluation of your pelvic pain that helps identify the root of the problem. Dr. Kennedy helps women in Gulf Breeze, Florida, overcome pelvic pain and its associated symptoms, including irregular bleeding or vaginal discharge. To get started on a work-up and treatment, call her office, or schedule your appointment online.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

When should I seek a doctor’s care for pelvic pain?

Regular pelvic pain indicates a potential problem with the organs associated with the reproduction of urination. Pelvic pain presents in the lower part of your belly and pelvis.

Seek Dr. Kennedy’s care if you have pain that occurs regularly. The pain could be described as sharp and intense or dull and intermittent. It isn’t unusual for pelvic pain to radiate to your buttocks, back, or thighs.

Also, seek consultation if you have pelvic pain only during sexual intercourse or urination.

What symptoms accompany pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is often accompanied by additional symptoms that help Dr. Kennedy determine the cause. These include:

  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bloating and gas
  • Worsening menstrual cramps
  • Fever

Pelvic pain that’s disruptive or just doesn’t feel right should definitely be evaluated by Dr. Kennedy.

What are the possible causes of pelvic pain?

A number of diseases or issues with the reproductive organs or urinary organs can cause pelvic pain. Dr. Kennedy will evaluate you for:

  • Ovulation pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Uterine fibroids

Sometimes, advanced cases of cancer of the uterus or ovaries can cause pelvic pain.

How does a doctor evaluate pelvic pain?

Dr. Kennedy first reviews your symptoms and medical history. She’ll also have you undergo a thorough pelvic exam to identify any abnormalities. You may also have some blood and urine tests done, and depending on your symptoms, be evaluated for any sexually transmitted diseases.

An ultrasound may also be performed to look for cysts or fibroids.

Other tests that may be conducted include:

  • Hysteroscopy to examine the uterus
  • Pelvic X-rays
  • CT scans of the uterus and abdomen

These tests can reveal abnormalities that may be causing your pain.

How is pelvic pain treated?

Dr. Kennedy treats pelvic pain once she knows the cause. STDs, urinary tract infections, or vaginal infections are treated with antibiotics. In some cases, hormonal treatments, including birth control pills, can ease any associated heavy menstrual bleeding and cramping associated with menopause or endometriosis.

If you do have endometriosis or fibroids, you’re also a candidate for minimally invasive surgery to remove the offending tissue. In some cases, a full hysterectomy is necessary, but only if you’re certain you’re done with your family.  

To have your pelvic pain evaluated and treated, call Dr. Karen Kennedy, or book an appointment using the online tool.