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Abdominal Pain & Pelvic Pain Specialist

Old Farm Gynecology

Gynecologist & Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon located in Salt Lake City, UT

Abdominal and pelvic pain can have many causes. At Old Farm Gynecology, state-of-the-art techniques are used to diagnose the causes of abdominal and pelvic pain in women from throughout the Salt Lake City, UT, region so the most appropriate treatment can be provided.

Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Q&A

What causes pelvic and abdominal pain?

Abdominal and pelvic pain has many possible causes, and having an accurate diagnosis is critical to ensuring patients receive the most appropriate care. Some of the most common causes of abdominal and pelvic pain include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Certain types of STDs
  • Uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts
  • Painful periods or painful ovulation
  • Uterine, cervical or ovarian cancer
  • Miscarriage or intrauterine fetal death
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Kidney infection
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Gallbladder or liver disease

Pelvic and abdominal pain can be caused by issues affecting the reproductive organs, the gastrointestinal tract, the urinary tract and other systems and organs, and sometimes, more than one factor can contribute to pain.

How is abdominal and pelvic pain diagnosed?

Diagnosis begins with a patient history and a thorough examination, including a pelvic exam. More extensive examinations and testing may also be performed, including blood tests, ultrasound or CT scans, and hysteroscopy to look inside the uterus. If a gastrointestinal tract problem is suspected, a referral can be made to a doctor who can perform the appropriate testing.

What treatments are available for abdominal and pelvic pain?

Treatment for pelvic and abdominal pain will depend on the underlying cause as well as other factors like the health and medical history of the patient. Some mild types of transient pain may be treated with medication to relieve symptoms or resolve inflammation and irritation, or to treat an infection. Other types of pain may be treated with hormone replacement therapy, physical therapy, or minimally-invasive surgical procedures to correct underlying issues like fibroids or endometriosis.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus begins growing outside the uterus, often on the outer wall of the uterus or on the fallopian tubes, and sometimes in the intestines. Endometriosis can cause painful symptoms as well as a feeling of pressure or heaviness in the pelvic region in some women who have the condition. Endometriosis may also cause problems with conception.