Pelvic Pain Specialist

Metropolitan Women's Center

Gigi Hafizi, MD

OB-GYN located in Annandale, VA

Pain during sex and other types of pelvic pain can seriously interfere with your ability to sleep, exercise, or enjoy your life. At Metropolitan Women’s Center in Annandale, Virginia, OB/GYN Gigi Hafizi, MD, practices an integrative approach to treating all kinds of pelvic pain. If you’re a woman experiencing pain in your pelvis, call Metropolitan Women’s Center or book an appointment online today.

Pelic Pain Q&A

What is pelvic pain?

Women’s pelvic pain includes any pain you experience in the area between your hips and below your belly button. This pain may occur only at certain times, like during sex or menstruation, or it can persist constantly. Pain that lasts longer than six months is considered chronic pelvic pain.

Pelvic pain can be sharp, dull, intense, or throbbing. Often, it’s a symptom of another underlying problem, but women’s pelvic pain is a gynecological condition on its own.

What are the symptoms of pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain symptoms can vary in type, severity, and duration. If you have pelvic pain, you may experience the following:

  • Mild to severe pain in your pelvis
  • Severe menstrual cramps
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful urination or bowel movements
  • Pain when sitting or in certain positions

What causes pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is a complex health problem with multiple possible causes. Determining the exact causes of pelvic pain may be a difficult and complicated process.

Sometimes, one or more underlying gynecological conditions create pelvic pain. Some diseases and disorders that may cause pelvic pain include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease

How do you diagnose and treat pelvic pain?

First, Dr. Hafizi performs a comprehensive pelvic exam to check for abnormalities in your vagina or cervix. She may ask questions about your medical history and menstrual cycles. She may order blood work or urinalysis to test for infection.

If necessary, Dr. Hafizi may give you an in-office ultrasound to check the size, shape, and condition of your reproductive organs and tissues. Ultrasound also detects any growths on your organs, such an ovarian cyst.  

Depending on what she sees in your ultrasound, Dr. Hafizi may use laparoscopy or hysteroscopy to diagnose your pelvic pain. These procedures allow her to examine the inside of your pelvic region visually.  

Once she makes a diagnosis, Dr. Hafizi discusses your best options for treatment based on your specific needs. Depending on your condition, she may recommend medical management, counseling, or another procedure.

If you need a diagnosis or treatment for pelvic pain, call Metropolitan Women’s Center or book an appointment online today.