Pelvic Pain Specialist

Damon Cobb Ob/Gyn

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Poway, CA

Pelvic pain is a common symptom for women during their period, ovulation, or as an indication of an infection or health condition. At Damon Cobb OB/GYN in Poway, California, the skilled team of gynecologists specializes in finding the underlying cause of your pelvic pain so they can recommend effective treatment options. The OB/GYNs take a personalized, holistic approach to women’s health care so you get relief from symptoms and improve your well-being. Schedule an appointment online or call the office for prompt care for pelvic pain.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What causes pelvic pain?

There are numerous reasons why you might experience pelvic pain and discomfort. Your reproductive organs are in your lower abdomen, so pain can be a sign of a problem in any number of areas, including your:

  • Uterus
  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Vagina
  • Cervix

Pelvic pain can also originate in your lower digestive tract in your bowels and be the result of constipation.

Common causes of pelvic pain for women include:

  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Endometriosis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Ovulation
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Ovarian cysts or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Interstitial cystitis

Other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), appendicitis, or menstrual cramps may cause pelvic pain, too.

When is pelvic pain a sign of an STI?

Pelvic pain could be a warning sign of common STIs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea. You can get both infections at the same time, but they don’t always cause symptoms. If you do experience pelvic pain along with other symptoms like painful urination, pain between periods, or abnormal vaginal discharge, it’s best to schedule an exam with your gynecologist at Damon Cobb OB/GYN so you can get the treatment you need to clear up the infection.

When should I see a gynecologist for pelvic pain from menstrual cramps?

Menstrual cramps are a common symptom for many women just before and during their periods. If your period usually causes minor discomfort, it’s nothing to worry about. However, if pelvic pain from your periods interferes with your daily activities a few days each month, or it’s so severe you can’t get out of bed, it could be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.

Treating the cause of your pelvic pain is essential to alleviating your pain and improving your health long term. For example, if your gynecologist determines that your severe menstrual pain is the result of endometriosis — a condition in which uterine tissue grows outside of your uterus — it could cause fertility problems if left untreated.

Additionally, conditions like PID can scar your fallopian tubes and increase your risk for an ectopic pregnancy. If you have recurring pelvic pain that interferes with your life, you should seek medical treatment from the experts at Damon Cobb OB/GYN before the condition worsens.

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