Many women in the United States live with chronic pelvic dysfunction but don’t realize their condition is treatable. Disorders such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids and adenomyosis affect at least one of every four women, though some may not even know it. Whether they think their pain is a normal part of being a woman or they’re waiting out the clock for menopause, most women don’t ask for help in managing their symptoms. Pelvic pain and discomfort that disrupts your daily life is not normal. Listed below are some of the available treatment options, including state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical procedures. Talk to your physician to learn what treatment is best for you.
Laparoscopic myomectomy: Minimally invasive procedure to remove uterine fibroids that are causing pain
Uterine artery embolization: Procedure that cuts off the blood supply to uterine fibroids, causing them to shrink and die; not advised for women who wish to become pregnant
Sacrospinous fixation: Method using nearby ligaments to stabilize the uterus for women with advanced uterine prolapse; may not last over time
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: Minimally invasive procedure to remove the uterus through three or four small incisions in the abdomen or through the vagina; recovery time is usually two weeks shorter than with a traditional procedure
Robotic hysterectomy: High-precision option for women previously unable to have a hysterectomy due to physical considerations, such as excess weight or the presence of cancer
Pelvic health facts
- 25 percent of U.S. women have chronic pelvic dysfunction, including up to half of women over age 50.
- 37 million women in the U.S. experience pelvic pain — more than those with migraine and back pain combined