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If you are experiencing pelvic pain on a regular basis, whether it’s dull, sharp, constant or intermittent, it’s time to seek help at Aguirre Specialty Care. Pelvic pain has several possible causes, so seeing a specialist who can properly diagnose and treat you is key.
Possible causes of pelvic pain include:
- Menstrual cramps
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cancer
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
This list is by no means exhaustive but is intended to provide a starting point. Board-certified urogynecologic surgeon Dr. Oscar A. Aguirre will conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause of your pelvic discomfort. Once a definitive diagnosis has been made, your treatment may include one or more of the following strategies, including:
- Laser Vaginal Resurfacing with the FemiLift™
- Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
- Bladder Installations
- Trigger point injections
- PRP injections with or without the O-Shot®
- Sacral Nerve Stimulation
- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
- Pelvic surgery
FAQs: Pelvic Pain Treatments in Denver at Aguirre Specialty Care
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of your uterus, most commonly affecting the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. This painful disorder can cause severe discomfort, especially during menstrual periods, and may also cause fertility problems. Fortunately, there are effective treatment solutions at Aguirre Specialty Care, including surgery and medication.
What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
PID is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and cervix. Left untreated, PID may cause scar tissue and a build-up of infected fluid, both of which can damage the reproductive organs. A common cause of PID is an untreated sexually transmitted infection, but other possible culprits include ectopic pregnancy. PID is treated with antibiotics and/or surgery.
What is Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome?
Interstitial cystitis, also referred to as IC, is a chronic condition of the bladder that usually consists of multiple symptoms which makes it difficult to diagnose. Often patients report symptoms similar to that of a bladder infection, but the urine cultures are typically negative. These patients will go years without a correct diagnosis and thus are inadequately treated. Most IC patients have recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, and urinary urgency (feeling a strong need to go) and frequency (needing to go often). IC may also be referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS).
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus which often appear during a woman’s childbearing years. Though fibroids may cause lower back pain and extended menstrual periods, they are not associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer or other illness. Treatment for fibroids can include uterine artery embolization, which injects small particles into the arteries supplying the uterus to cut off blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and die. Other possible treatments: endometrial ablation (which uses a laser to resurface the lining of the uterus), myolysis (destruction of muscle tissue with laser), or myomectomy, a surgical procedure to remove fibroids. Dr. Aguirre will carefully diagnose you to determine the optimal treatment for you.
What is vulvodynia?
Vulvodynia is chronic pain that occurs around the opening of the vagina, or vulva, that often has no identifiable cause. Possible treatments for vulvodynia include steroids, tricyclic antidepressants, biofeedback, local anesthetics, nerve blocks, pelvic floor therapy, or surgery. Dr. Aguirre may offer a combination of treatments to help patients regain their intimate comfort and vitality.
How can I get started to treat my pelvic pain?
Call us at 303-322-0500 or request a personal consultation today!