Pelvic Pain Specialist

Richard Lorenzo, DO -  - OB-GYN

Complete Healthcare for Women

Richard Lorenzo, DO

OB-GYN located in Richland, WA

Pain in your pelvis, the lowest part of your torso, can indicate numerous health issues. Whether that pain is chronic, or comes on suddenly, it’s important to get it checked out. Dr. Richard Lorenzo of Complete Healthcare for Women in Richland, Washington, can do a thorough examination, including specific testing if necessary, to find the cause and resolve your discomfort.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What causes pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain can occur for any number of reasons. Sometimes, it’s simply the time in your cycle when you ovulate, as some women experience brief pain upon the release of an egg. You may also have pelvic pain right before or during the first few days of your period.

Pelvic pain can also indicate more serious conditions, including:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ruptured ovarian cyst
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis

What if have pain while I’m pregnant?

If you’re pregnant and the pelvic pain is accompanied by bleeding, it’s important to see Dr. Lorenzo immediately. You could be in premature labor, having a miscarriage, or experiencing another complication that warrants emergency care.

What is pelvic inflammatory disease?

Pelvic inflammatory disease occurs when bacteria enters your womb, usually through your vagina, and causes an infection in your uterus. You may also experience high fever and vaginal bleeding and discharge.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common health condition of the uterus. When a woman has endometriosis, the tissue that lines the uterine wall grows outside of the uterus. For example, it may grow behind the uterus, on the ovaries, on the bladder, or on the bowels. This often results in chronic pain, infertility, and heavy periods. However, many women with endometriosis experience no symptoms and don’t find out they have it until they’re trying to conceive.

What are fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that are common in women during their reproductive years. These fibroids made of muscle tissue grow around the uterus for an unknown reason. They’re more common in women who are African-American or overweight. Fibroids can cause heavy or painful periods, lower back pain, painful sex, frequent urination, and reproductive problems. However, it is possible to show no symptoms, so routine annual exams are essential to detect their presence. When there are a lot of fibroids, or they shrink, you may experience pain.

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are little sacs of fluid that can develop on your ovaries. They’re usually benign and symptomless. But if they burst or twist, you may experience pain.

How is pelvic pain treated?

Depending on the suspected cause of your pain, Dr. Lorenzo will perform an ultrasound and run other tests to settle on a diagnosis. Each condition is treated slightly differently. But in some severe cases of endometriosis, fibroids, or cysts, surgical intervention may be required.

Most Insurance Plans Accepted

At Complete Healthcare for Women, we participate with most insurance carriers. Here is a short list of plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance plan. If determined, we do not participate with your insurance company, we will submit claims for you as a courtesy. If the insurance company does not pay within 45-days, you will be responsible for payment of all charges.

Aetna
Assurant Health
Asuris Northwest Health
Cigna
Coventry
First Choice Health
Medicare
Molina Healthcare
Premera Blue Cross
Tricare
United Healthcare