Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic Pelvic Pain Specialist:

Living with chronic pelvic pain can disrupt the quality of life for many patients. Dr. Sikka effectively diagnoses and treats conditions causing chronic pelvic pain at her practice in the Washington DC area.

What is Chronic Pelvic Pain?

Chronic pelvic pain is a noncyclic pain that occurs below the belly button and persists for 6 or more months. The pain can be mild or severe, intermittent or constant. In some patients the pain can be triggered by sexual intercourse, bowel movements or urination etc.

What are the causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain?

Chronic pain can be caused by any of the organs, tissues or structures below the belly button. This is why it is related to a number of conditions such as gynecological conditions, urological conditions, gastrointestinal conditions or it could be a condition in itself. Some of the conditions that may lead to chronic pelvic pain are:

  • Endometriosis
  • Symptomatic leiomyomas
  • IBS
  • Fibroids
  • Adhesions
  • Menstrual pains
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Rupture of Cysts
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

How is Chronic Pelvic Pain diagnosed?

The diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain is based on a detailed history and a physical exam along with further testing.

How is Chronic Pelvic Pain treated?

Chronic pelvic pain is a complex condition in which the treatment options depend on the cause. We help understand the reason for pelvic pain which may be resulting from bladder, uterus, bowel or the pelvic floor and help treat accordingly.