Pelvic pain affects one in every seven women, making it one of the most common women’s health issues in the world. From constipation and PMS to vulvodynia and pelvic inflammatory disease, there are many gynecological issues that can cause pelvic pain. When pelvic pain flares up, it can be difficult to tell if the cause is a simple condition you can manage at home or if it’s something more serious that requires treatment.
At Pelvic Pain Doc, we’re here to help you get to the root of your pelvic pain, no matter the cause — but no one wants to spend more time at the doctor’s office than necessary. If you’re suffering from pelvic pain, here’s how to tell when it’s time to visit a pelvic pain specialist. And if you’re still in doubt, err on the side of caution and contact Dr. Sonia Bahlani to book a consultation.
Meet Dr. Bahlani, Pelvic Pain Doc
Dr. Bahlani takes a holistic view of common pelvic health issues. With her compassionate, patient-centric approach, she listens to her patients to gain a deep understanding of their challenges. This allows her to develop a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan aimed at addressing the issue from all angles to improve patients’ quality of life beyond what they thought possible.
In her efforts to bring pelvic pain and sexual health issues out from behind closed doors, and find real, proven solutions for those in pain, Dr. Bahlani continues to be involved in research. She has presented at numerous conferences, been published in top national and international journals, and appeared on Dr. Oz. Most recently, Dr. Bahlani was named a recipient of New York Super Doctors 2022, a prestigious accolade awarded to leaders in medical excellence.
After completing her residency in OB/GYN at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Sonia Bahlani pursued a fellowship in the urology department working with pioneers in pelvic pain. Having trained in both areas gives her a unique, comprehensive foundation, and allows her to treat people with a variety of urologic and gynecologic pelvic pain syndromes.
“Dr. Bahlani is kind, expertly skilled, and extremely knowledgeable in the fire of pelvic health. Her background in both gynecology and urology make her a true rarity as a physician, and her ability to meet patients with compassion and solidarity make her exemplary. I’m grateful to have her as a resource both for myself and others suffering from pelvic pain.” - Amanda O.
“Dr. Bahlani is a fantastic physician, advocate for pelvic pain and overall human being. Having a complex history, she was able to treat my pelvic pain and intimacy pain that was caused by a combination of reasons. It is such a delight being in her company and visiting this office (which is beautiful and filled with people who care for you like family). What more could someone ask for in searching for a physician.” - Patricia E.
“Dr. Bahlani is flawless and her procedures changed my life and got rid of my pain. I saw another doctor in the field and truthfully had an awful experience. His treatment didn't work and was not professional with his actions. Dr. Bahlani is spectacular in comparison I thank her from the bottom of my heart. All I can say is please see Dr. Bahlani you will have no regrets and will be honored to be her patient.” - Carmen P.
Causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain refers to consistent or intermittent pain that lasts for more than six months.
It may be present at all times or occur only during certain situations or under specific conditions, such as during urination or after intercourse. Chronic pelvic pain may be caused by:
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Vulvodynia/Vestibulodynia Symptoms and Treatments
Vulvodynia or Vestibulodynia is characterized as chronic pain around the opening of the vagina that has no identifiable cause and that lasts for at least three months. It can often be difficult to diagnose and can cause intense discomfort and swelling at the vulva.
While no single treatment is effective for every woman, a combination of therapies can lead to a life without pain. This may include:
Biofeedback therapy to train your muscles to relax
Pelvic floor physical therapy
Local anesthetics to temporarily relieve pain symptoms
Psychotherapy to release emotional blockages from past trauma
Also known as vaginismus, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction refers to the pain caused by spasms in the muscles that surround the vagina. There is no one clear cause of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, but contributing factors may include anxiety, stress, hip or low back injury, holding urine, excessive core-strengthening exercises, or physical or psychological trauma.
Treatment for hypertonic pelvic floor muscle dysfunction may include a combination of techniques. Your pelvic pain specialist may recommend:
Behavioral health approaches
Trigger point injections
Pelvic floor physical therapy
YOUR PARTNER IN PELVIC PAIN
Suffering from pelvic pain? Struggling to find relief? Tired of living in the shadow of your pain? Dr. Sonia Bahlani, New York’s pelvic pain specialist, is shining light on the misunderstood world of pelvic pain and giving you the tools to take control of your healing journey, with her book, "The Holistic Guide to Navigating Pelvic Pain".
In Dr. Sonia's other book "Guide to Navigating Pelvic Pain", Dr. Bahlani helps readers in multiple ways: she provides detailed information on what might be causing pain―from endometriosis to fibroids to prostate inflammation― through descriptions, questions, and case studies; and she reviews treatments, from what readers can expect in a doctor’s office to what they can do at home. Her sympathetic bedside manner and extensive knowledge will help empower readers and give them renewed control over their own bodies.