Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis
Chronic pelvic pain is ongoing pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic. It is very common, affecting about 1 in 6 women.
Chronic pelvic pain is ongoing pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic. It is very common, affecting about 1 in 6 women. The cause of pain can be very difficult to diagnose and sometimes no cause can be found. It may be the result of a disorder of the female pelvic organs such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, adhesions, ovarian cysts or retained ovarian syndrome. But it may be the result of a disorder in other systems such as the gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal system or nervous system.
Painful periods, also known as dysmenorrhea is pain at the time of menstruation. It can occur in up to 1 in 2 menstruating women affecting their quality of life.
Painful periods, also known as dysmenorrhea is pain at the time of menstruation. It can occur in up to 1 in 2 menstruating women and in some women can significantly affect their quality of life, disrupting school or work. If it started around the time of your first menstrual period it is known as primary dysmenorrhea and is usually the result of normal hormone production and not usually related to a specific problem with the pelvic organs. If it develops later in women who have previously had normal periods, it is known as secondary dysmenorrhea. This may be caused by a specific condition of the female pelvic organs but in some cases a cause may not be found.
Endometriosis is a common condition where tissue, similar to the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) also grows outside the uterus.
Endometrioisis is a common condition where tissue, similar to the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) also grows outside the uterus. These growths most often occur in the pelvis and lower abdomen, such as ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, uterosacral ligaments, pouch of douglas, surface of the rectum, bladder or vagina. Rarely, patches can occur elsewhere in the body such as the umbilicus (belly button), in a caesaren section scar, even the lung or nasal passage. The problem with endometriosis is that it can cause pain and difficulty falling pregnant. You may experience deep pain, often worse during sex or in a cyclical fashion but some women with severe disease have no pain at all.
SEE HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
It can be difficult to determine the cause of your pain. We will perform a full assessment to try and work out what your cause of your pain may be. This will include an assessment of your symptoms, a physical examination and ultrasound imaging of the pelvis. It may also include a procedure called a laparoscopy. This is an examination inside the abdomen and pelvic cavity using an instrument called a laparoscopy. Sometimes a cause of your pain may not be found. Based on this evaluation we will guide you how we can best manage the way you are feeling.
THINGS TO DO NEXT:
You will need a referral form your GP to come and see us, so do this first
- Ensure either you or your GP send your referral and any relevant test through to us first
- This can be done by either scanning and e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing to 8361 8877
Make an appointment to see us
Complete the patient forms
- To help provide us with information necessary for your first visit, please fill in the patient information forms (see here – link patient forms).
MAKE SURE YOU BRING
When you come in for your appointment make sure your bring:
- Referral form – If you don’t have one, call the day prior and we will try and arrange a copy from your GP.
- Any test results you might already have.
- Any imaging your might already have.
- A list of all the medicines you are taking, including the ones you have bought without a prescription.
- Your Medicare card.
- Your private health insurance information.
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