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Pelvic Pain Specialist

Pekka Soini, MD, FACOG -  - OB/GYN

Discovery Medical Center

Pekka Soini, MD, FACOG

OB/GYN & Medical Aesthetics located in Logan Square, Chicago, IL

While period cramps are normal, severe pelvic pain is not. Pekka Soini, MD, FACOG investigates the cause of your pelvic pain at Discovery Medical Center. Once he pinpoints the reason, he can recommend multiple treatment options, such as medications, therapies, and procedures to improve your pain. If you’re ready to find relief for your pelvic pain, call Dr. Soini’s Chicago office or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain ranges from dull to sharp pain in the lower abdominal area. Every woman experiences pelvic pain differently.

Sometimes pelvic pain occurs intermittently, such as during menstruation or sex, while other times it remains constant. The severity of pelvic pain also differs from minor to disruptive.

The location, severity, and duration of your pain help Dr. Soini undercover the cause.

What causes pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain could point to numerous problems with one of your reproductive organs, bowels, or bladder. Dr. Soini typically takes down your medical history, performs a pelvic exam, and orders tests to diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain.

Some common causes of pelvic pain include:

  • Period cramps
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Scar tissue
  • Infection
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

When should I see a doctor about my pelvic pain?

You can see Dr. Soini any time you have pelvic pain. Even if you’ve experienced pelvic pain since puberty, Dr. Soini makes sure no medical problems contribute to your pain and gives you strategies to soothe it.

You should also make an appointment to see Dr. Soini if:

  • You have new pelvic pain
  • Your pelvic pain worsens or changes
  • Your pelvic pain interferes with your daily activities or causes you to lose sleep, work days, or productivity

What treatment options are available for pelvic pain?

Treatment for pelvic pain varies widely depending on the underlying cause. Each woman responds differently to treatment as well, so Dr. Soini helps you find the most effective treatment for your situation.

Treatment might include any variation of the following:

  • Lifestyle adjustments: physical activity, posture improvements, and diet changes
  • Medication: pain medication, antidepressants, or muscle relaxers
  • Physical therapy: exercises to control pelvic muscles
  • Hormone treatment: birth control pills, IUDs, or injections
  • Surgery: removal of adhesions, fibroids, endometriosis; nerve detachment; hysterectomy

If you end up needing surgery, Dr. Soini provides advanced, minimally invasive surgical methods, such as laparoscopy and LEEP,  to make the procedure as painless as possible.

If you have pelvic pain, contact Discovery Medical Center online or over the phone to set up an exploratory appointment with Dr. Soini.