Pelvic Pain Specialist

Lena Speck Hopkins, MD

OB/Gyn & Medical Spa located in Harlingen, TX

Pelvic pain can make it difficult to perform daily activities, and walking and sitting may be uncomfortable or unbearable. Your pelvic pain could be caused by a serious medical condition that should be treated right away. Lena Speck Hopkins, MD, has the training and expertise to find the cause of your pain and the skills to treat it successfully. To learn more, call the Harlingen, Texas office, or schedule an appointment online.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What causes pelvic pain?

Many conditions can cause pelvic pain; it can arise from infections or diseases in non-reproductive organs and structures. In women, pelvic pain often arises from problems in the internal reproductive organs.

Common causes of pelvic pain in women include:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ovulation
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage

Pelvic pain can also be caused by bladder and/or urinary tract infections or disorders.

When should I see a doctor for pelvic pain?

If your pelvic pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with Lena Speck Hopkins, MD, for an examination:

  • Unusually severe menstrual cramps
  • Vaginal bleeding, spotting or discharge
  • Painful or difficult urination
  • Painful intercourse
  • Fever
  • Lower back pain

You should also have an exam if you have unexplained pelvic pain for two weeks or longer. If a severe medical condition is causing your pain, early detection is essential for the best possible treatment outcomes.

How does a doctor determine the cause of pelvic pain?

Dr. Speck Hopkins is an experienced gynecologist who can accurately diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain. She’ll begin by discussing your symptoms with you and taking a detailed health history.

Next, Dr. Speck Hopkins will perform a comprehensive pelvic examination. She’ll also order blood work, a urinalysis, and screenings for STDs. She may also request a pelvic X-ray or CT scan.

Dr. Speck Hopkins is skilled at performing diagnostic laparoscopy. This procedure uses slender tools with a tiny camera attached and allows her to see the inside of your vagina, cervix, and uterus.

How does a doctor treat pelvic pain?

Treatment depends on the cause and severity of your pelvic pain. Some treatment options include:

Medical management

This may include antibiotics, pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, or hormone therapy to address the root cause of your pain and relieve your symptoms.

Laparoscopic surgery

If your pain is caused by cysts, fibroids, and certain other conditions, Dr. Speck Hopkins is an expert with laparoscopic surgical procedures, which are minimally invasive and have less scarring and shorter recovery time than traditional surgery.

In some cases, traditional surgery is necessary to treat the cause of pelvic pain.

If you suffer from chronic pelvic pain, don’t hesitate to call Lena Speck Hopkins, MD, to schedule an appointment, or book online today.