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The Methodist Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine
6550 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
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Pelvic pain is categorized as either acute or chronic. Acute pelvic pain includes those diagnoses that develop quickly and subside quickly, often without requiring any medical intervention. Chronic pain is discomfort that lasts more than six months beyond the expected healing time of an injury.
A common cause of pelvic pain is associated with ovulation. The ovaries of women with regular menstrual cycles produce cysts, also known as follicles. As the cysts enlarge, an egg inside the dominant follicle matures and signals the ovary to ovulate. When ovulation occurs, some women experience pain called Mittelschmerz, or ovulation pain. This is caused by the opening of the cyst to allow release of the eggs near the fallopian tubes for fertilization. Occasionally, cysts may persist and become enlarged or painful. Opened or ruptured cysts may also bleed into the pelvic cavity. Except in rare circumstances, this is harmless, and no treatment is needed. This type of pain can be prevented by the use of birth control pills, which blocks the ovulation process.
There are many other possible causes of pelvic pain, including:
- Disorders of the reproductive system, the urinary tract, the bowel, the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system
- Interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Pain that lingers on after surgery (due to tissue or nerve damage)
While many chronic pain conditions cannot be cured, the pain can be managed, improving the patient’s overall quality of life. Some treatments include:
- Birth control pills are often prescribed for acute and cyclic pelvic pain. Birth control pills work by blocking the ovulation process.
- Hormones prevent the pain associated with ovulation or endometriosis.
- Extensive surgery may be indicated in some cases.
- Pain management includes injections, medications, and rehabilitation approaches.
- Biofeedback techniques help patients learn to manage their pelvic pain or pelvic discomfort symptoms.
Talk to our specialists
These issues can be embarrassing, but can be resolved. Your first step is to talk with one of our specialists. Call the Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine at 713-441-9229 to find the right specialist and to schedule an appointment.
How to make an appointment
To schedule an appointment with a physician specializing in pelvic pain, please call the Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine at 713-441-9229.