Pelvic Pain

GYN Emergent Care Center

OB-GYNs & Emergency Room located in Long Beach, CA

GYN Emergent Care Center is an emergency care facility that serves the Long Beach area, as well as many other Southern California communities. The staff specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of many different types of abdominal pain.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

 

What Conditions Have Abdominal Pain as a Symptom?

Abdominal pain can indicate any number of stomach issues. For women, the location of the pain will help to determine the possible cause. The timing in the menstrual cycle can also point to the diagnosis.  Evaluating a patient for the presence or absence of a pregnancy is a critical step in the diagnosis of abdominal pain in women.  Some women have pain during ovulation, while others feel it more during their actual period. Women who have diagnosed with endometriosis, fibroids, infections, and ovarian cysts may also experience pain in varying degrees. While some women experience little to no pain at all with certain conditions, others have debilitating pain which prevents them from doing things they would normally enjoy.

What is the Best Way to Treat Menstrual Cramps?

In most cases, over the counter medications can help reduce the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps. For women who have abnormally heavy periods, periods that are irregular, or extreme PMS symptoms like cramping and mood swings, many doctors will recommend birth control medications that help to bring the hormone levels back into balance. Even if they do not need the contraceptive aspect of the birth control, the medication's ability to control hormone levels may be what is needed to reduce the severity of many of their symptoms. If the pain is extremely severe, the doctor may want to determine if a health issue like endometriosis may be playing a role in the discomfort.

At What Point is Abdominal Pain a Reason to See the Doctor?

Extreme pain located in the lower right quadrant of the abdominal area may be appendicitis. Bleeding and pain in pregnancy also needs immediate evaluation. If the patient experiences extreme pain, vomiting, heavy vaginal bleeding, or a fever, go to the emergency room immediately. When it comes to cramps associated with menstrual periods or other feminine issues, any pain that does not ease up after the period is over or within a few days of starting may be an indication that a trip to the doctor is necessary. Severe menstrual cramps or heavy menstrual flow that affect a woman's quality of life should be evaluated. Abdominal pain that is accompanied by bleeding outside of the regular menstrual cycle is also an indication that a visit to the doctor is needed.