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Why See a Urogynecologist for Pelvic Pain

Urogynecologists are experts in female pelvic health and are best trained to diagnose and provide treatment options for pelvic pain. Pelvic pain can have various causes. It can also manifest as persistent or intermittent discomfort, sharp or dull sensations, or even severe pain in the lower abdominal region. Because of this, it can be difficult to diagnose the root cause, and therefore properly treat.

What is Urogynecology?

Urogynecology is a subspecialty within Obstetrics and Gynecology that focuses on disorders of the female pelvic floor. Cherokee Women’s Health has three double board-certified urogynecologists. They are experts in treating conditions that affect the female pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum. With extensive knowledge of the intricate anatomy of the pelvic region, they can best provide comprehensive care tailored specifically to women.

They provide comprehensive care from routine examinations to sophisticated diagnostic tests and surgical treatment for complex problems. When surgery is the best possible solution, our surgeons are experienced in the most up-to-date surgical techniques and technology.

Dr. Litrel, Dr. Gandhi, and Dr. Haley were among the first specialists in the nation to qualify, pass the exam and receive board certification for urogynecology. They are also among the few board-certified urogynecologists in private practice in the North Georgia area.

Understanding Pelvic Pain Causes

Pelvic pain is a common health concern experienced by many women, affecting their overall well-being and quality of life. It can be caused by gynecological or urological conditions or a combination of both.

Gynecological Causes Include:

Endometriosis – A condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus.

Adenomyosis – The presence of endometrial tissue within the muscle walls of the uterus.

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – An infection of the reproductive organs caused by bacteria.

Uterine fibroids – Noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus.

Ovarian cysts – Fluid-filled sacs that form on or inside the ovaries.

Urological Conditions Include:

Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) – A chronic condition characterized by bladder discomfort and pain.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) – Infections that affect any part of the urinary system.

Pelvic floor dysfunction – Impaired coordination and function of the muscles and connective tissues in the pelvic region.

What to Expect from a Urogynecologist

Accurate Diagnosis – Because pelvic pain can stem from a variety of causes, determining the exact underlying condition is crucial for effective treatment. Urogynecologists possess the expertise and resources necessary to conduct thorough evaluations, including pelvic examinations, imaging studies, and diagnostic procedures. The specialized training of urogynecologists allows them to identify conditions that may be overlooked by other healthcare professionals, leading to a more accurate diagnosis.

Comprehensive treatment options – Urogynecologists offer a range of treatment options tailored to each patient’s needs. They see the big picture so they collaborate with other specialists such as physical therapists, pain management experts, and psychologists to develop individualized treatment plans. These may include medications, minimally invasive procedures, lifestyle modifications, and pelvic floor therapy to relieve pain and improve quality of life.

Holistic approach to care – Urogynecologists understand the profound impact that pelvic pain can have on a woman’s physical and emotional well-being. They prioritize providing compassionate care and support throughout the diagnostic and treatment process. By addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of pelvic pain, urogynecologists aim to empower women to regain control over their health and regain a sense of normalcy.

Our Urogynecologists Are Here For You

Pelvic pain in women can have various causes and significantly impact their quality of life. Seeking evaluation and treatment from a urogynecologist is crucial for accurate diagnosis and comprehensive care. With their specialized knowledge and expertise, urogynecologists can offer individualized treatment options, alleviate pain, and provide the necessary support to help women regain control over their pelvic health.

Call 770.720.7733 today to schedule an appointment with one of our double board-certified urogynecologists. Or, simply request an appointment online at either our Canton or Woodstock location.