Pelvic Pain Specialist

IYA Medical

Medical Aesthetics & Interventional Radiology located in Scottsdale, AZ

Experienced physician Ayad Agha, DO, knows that the cause of pelvic pain can stem from your reproductive organs, urinary system, bowel, or musculoskeletal system. With so many possibilities, you need an expert diagnosis from IYA Medical in Scottsdale, Arizona, if you’re experiencing pelvic pain. The practice has expertise in using imaging technology and interventional radiology to diagnose and treat the causes of pelvic pain. Call IYA Medical today to schedule an appointment or use the online form.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is discomfort felt in the region between your belly button and your groin. Acute pelvic pain could be due to an injury from a fall or assault or trauma like a car accident. 

Many women regularly suffer pelvic pain during their period as well, or you could have a problem in your large intestine or bowels.

Many of the causes of pelvic pain are chronic conditions that cause continual or frequently recurring pain. Some of the causes of chronic pelvic pain include: 

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Kidney stones
  • Infected appendix
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome

Some causes of pelvic pain, like pelvic congestion syndrome, can also lead to infertility problems.

What is pelvic congestion syndrome?

Pelvic congestion syndrome is typically due to problems like enlarged varicose veins in your ovaries and pelvis. Your veins have one-way valves that should keep blood flowing toward your heart. If your valves are weak or damaged, blood can pool in the veins, causing them to swell.

Pelvic congestion syndrome can cause pain during or after sexual intercourse. The condition typically affects women who’ve been pregnant. 

During pregnancy, your veins widen to allow for the increase in blood flow in your uterus. After your pregnancy, veins might not always shrink back to a normal size, which affects the valves and allows blood to start pooling.

How is pelvic pain diagnosed?

Your provider at IYA Medical can perform a variety of diagnostic tests using minimally invasive methods. Pelvic pain tests include: 

  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • Transvaginal ultrasound
  • Pelvic venogram
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

These tests can show whether your pelvic pain is a result of having varicose veins in your pelvis.

How is pelvic pain treated?

Treatment for pelvic pain varies according to the cause of your condition. You might need to take pain-killing and anti-inflammatory medication for conditions like endometriosis or undergo surgery in severe cases.

If you have pelvic congestion syndrome, an interventional radiologist at IYA Medical can treat it by performing ovarian vein embolization. You receive a mild sedative, and then your provider uses X-ray guidance to insert a small tube or catheter through an incision into your body.

The incision might be in your groin or could be in your wrist, and is just large enough for the catheter to access the veins. When the catheter is in place, your provider uses it to deliver medications that seal your vein, so blood has to use other healthy veins. Ovarian vein embolization can help if you’re having fertility problems as well as resolve pelvic pain.

Ovarian vein embolization is an outpatient procedure. After treatment, you can get on with your life as normal without needing any downtime.

To find out what’s causing your pelvic pain, call IYA Medical today or book an appointment online.