Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia

Chronic Pelvic Pain Specialists & Gynecologists located in Annandale, VA

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may dread their daily activities because the pain, gas, constipation, and diarrhea can be debilitating. If chronic pelvic pain related to IBS holds you back from doing the things you love, Melissa A. Delgado, MD, FACOG, of The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia can help. Dr. Delgado specializes in the treatment and management of most chronic pelvic pain conditions, including IBS. She determines the cause of your pain and discomfort and treats it effectively for noticeable relief. To schedule an appointment in the Annandale, Virginia office, call or click today.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic disorder affecting the large intestine. Common IBS symptoms include:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Excess gas

IBS has no known cause, but doctors have identified several contributing factors including:

  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Gut bacteria changes
  • Muscle contractions

Many women with IBS experience chronic pelvic pain that some describe as cramping in the lower abdomen. IBS treatment often reduces the frequency and severity of chronic pelvic pain.  

Young women with a family history of IBS are most likely to develop the condition. Symptoms usually come and go over time and vary in severity. Fortunately, IBS isn’t life-threatening and doesn’t increase your risk of contracting more severe diseases.

How is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

It’s important to determine the cause of your chronic pelvic pain and other symptoms. Proactive healthcare helps Dr. Delgado diagnose conditions early when they’re easier to treat and manage.

IBS is a complex condition with symptoms that vary from person to person. Dr. Delgado uses your health history, symptoms, and physical exam to diagnose IBS. Different diagnostic tests also help her determine the cause of your symptoms. Some tests are performed in the office, while others are done at outside labs.

It’s important to share with Dr. Delgado the details of your symptoms. Tell her if you tend to experience pelvic pain and discomfort before menstruation or during bowel movements and if you have frequent constipation or diarrhea.  These important clues help Dr. Delgado determine the best course of treatment to relieve your symptoms.

How is irritable bowel syndrome treated?

Although IBS has no cure, long-term management is possible.

Dr. Delgado creates an individualized IBS management plan to address your symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health and wellness needs. She treats IBS holistically, addressing every factor contributing to your chronic pelvic pain and symptoms. On-staff functional nutritionists use micronutrient testing to look for deficiencies and dietary consultations to optimize your health. Additional treatment options include:

  • Bladder Instillations:  medications inserted directly into the bladder
  • Medications: a combination of supplements to help repair the mucosal layer of the bladder that has broken down and help break down biofilms, antibiotics and antifungals to treat  underlying urinary tract infections, and prescription medications to decrease bladder spasm, over the counter medications
  • Self-management: dietary changes, stress management, essential oils, patients can be taught to do self-catheterization for home bladder instillations

Don’t let IBS pain and discomfort hold you back from being as active and social as you want. Dr. Delgado won’t give up until you find relief. Call or click today to schedule an appointment in the Annandale, Virginia, office.