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Pelvic Pain

Woodglen Medical Group

OB/GYNs located in Glendora, CA

Persistent pelvic pain can be a sign of an underlying medical problem, such as endometriosis. The expert OB/GYNs at Woodglen Medical Group have been diagnosing and treating pelvic pain for over 25 years. If you have severe or long-lasting pelvic pain that disrupts your daily life, don’t hesitate to call the Glendora, California clinic, or book an appointment online.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is Pelvic Pain?

Pelvic pain includes any type of aching, cramping, or stabbing sensation in your lower abdomen and between your hips. The pain may come and go or persist constantly. You may experience pelvic pain surrounding certain events, such as a menstrual period, or it may come on unexpectedly.

Pelvic pain can cause you to miss work, make you avoid exercise or sex, and otherwise negatively affect your quality of life. Your provider at Woodglen Medical Group develops a personalized plan to help you manage your unique symptoms so you can get back to the life you love.

What Causes Pelvic Pain?

Pelvic pain is a common symptom of many different medical problems, some of which are related to your reproductive system. Gynecological conditions that can cause pelvic pain include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts

Several medical conditions not related to your reproductive system, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can also cause pelvic pain. In some cases, women suffer from ongoing pelvic pain without any diagnosable medical condition at all.

When Should I See a Doctor for Pelvic Pain?

If you experience sharp, stabbing pain that comes on suddenly, it may be a sign of a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Otherwise, it’s worth scheduling an appointment at Woodglen Medical Group whenever pelvic pain interferes with your life. You should also seek medical attention if your pain worsens over time.

It’s important to mention pelvic pain to your OB/GYN during your routine well-woman exam. Based on this and other information, your doctor may recommend certain tests, such as a pelvic ultrasound, in addition to your routine screenings.

How is Pelvic Pain Diagnosed and Treated?

First, your provider at Woodglen Medical Group performs a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your medical history. Depending on your unique needs, they may administer one or more tests to diagnose the source of your pelvic pain, such as:

  • Blood or urine tests
  • Ultrasound
  • Colposcopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Hysteroscopy

Treatment for pelvic pain typically focuses on addressing the underlying condition. In cases where no diagnosable health problem is found, your provider may recommend medications such as hormonal birth control or pain relievers.

If the pelvic pain is keeping you from your daily activities, call or book an appointment online today.