Abdominal Pain Specialist
Maiden Lane Medical
Gynecologists located in New York, NY
As top gynecologist in the New York City area, your doctors at Maiden Lane Medical offer an array of diagnostic and treatment procedures for women suffering from abdominal pain, using state-of-the-art technology and equipment for effective relief of symptoms.
What are the gynecological causes of abdominal pain?
There are many issues that can cause pain and discomfort, including:
- endometriosis or adenomyosis, which occur when the cells that line the uterus begin growing elsewhere
- ectopic pregnancy, ovarian or uterine cancer
- cysts or fibroids
- vulvodynia, pain around the vagina which has no identifiable cause
- uterine or vaginal prolapse, when the uterus or vagina descend as a result of weakened pelvic floor muscles
- pelvic inflammatory disease
- IUD complications
- sexually-transmitted infection or other infection
Some women also may have significant abdominal pain during menstruation or ovulation, and many causes of pain, including fibroids and cysts, may develop as a result of underlying hormonal fluctuations.
How can a doctor determine the cause of my pain?
Any type of vaginal pain warrants a careful exam to determine its cause. The first step in identifying the cause of pain is to have a Pap test and physical exam. In most cases, you may also be asked to undergo additional diagnostic testing, which may include ultrasound or CT exams, urinalysis, blood work and a more-in-depth internal exam of your vagina, cervix and uterus.
What is a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is an exam that can be used to determine the cause of abdominal and pelvic pain. It uses a special instrument called a hysteroscope to see inside your uterus and our fallopian tubes to check for abnormalities that could be causing pain. It’s also used to help determine the causes of infertility. Hysteroscopy can also be used to perform certain procedures, including removal of fibroids and ablation (removal) of the uterine lining in cases of heavy menstrual bleeding. The procedure is performed in the office and you may be given a sedative or local anesthesia to prevent discomfort.
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