Chronic Pelvic Pain is Diagnosed and Treated by Gynecologists at Mercy

Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy

The gynecologists of The Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, take the time to extensively evaluate the symptoms and causes of chronic pelvic pain. Our doctors and clinical team in The Institute for Gynecologic Care have a diverse range of surgical skills required to treat even the most severe cases.

About the Condition

Chronic pelvic pain in women refers to dull or severe pain of the abdomen – the area below the bellybutton and between the hips – that lasts six months or longer. The cause of chronic pelvic pain can be the symptom of another health related issue or a condition in its own right. 

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of chronic pelvic pain include:

  • Severe and steady pain
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Dull aching
  • Severe cramping during periods
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain during long periods of sitting and/or standing

Because there are many causes of chronic pelvic pain, diagnosing the problem is a process of elimination. Typical diagnosis begins with a review of symptoms and medical history.

Along with pelvic exams and ultrasounds, doctors may utilize laparoscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgery used to look at the uterus and surrounding area for infections.

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Treatment Options

If your doctor is able to determine a cause for your chronic pelvic pain, medications and therapies are typically used for treatment. In some cases, surgery may be required to remove growths causing pain. In cases where a specific cause cannot be determined, treatment will focus on pain management.