Have You Been Experiencing Pelvic Pain?
By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
March 06, 2020
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pelvic Pain  

Find out when pelvic pain could mean it’s time to make a trip to your OBGYN’s office.

There are many reasons why you may be experiencing dull, aching, throbbing or even sharp pains in your lower abdomen; however, since some causes of pelvic pain require urgent medical attention it’s important to recognize when it’s time to turn to our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta.

Here are some common causes of pelvic pain,

Menstrual Pain

If it’s that time of the month again you may find yourself curled up on the couch in pain. It’s normal for pain and cramping to begin a day or two before your period starts, and while many women report abdominal pain and cramping with their menstrual cycle if you are experiencing severe pain that affects your ability to go to school or work then you should schedule an appointment with our Ridgewood, NJ, gynecologists. Your OBGYN may be able to prescribe certain medications or determine if there is an underlying cause for your severe menstrual pain.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

When bacteria enter the urinary tract this often leads to an infection. Along with abdominal pressure and pain you may also experience,

  • Intense urge to pee
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Cloudy, strong-smelling purine

It’s important to see a doctor if you suspect that you may have a UTI, as you will need medication to treat the infection. Untreated UTIs can lead to serious complications including kidney infections.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

If you are sexually active it’s also possible that your pelvic pain could be a sign of an STI. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are two STIs that can cause pelvic pain. These infections are incredibly common (more common than you might think), but can easily be treated with antibiotics. If you notice pelvic pain, pain when urinating, unusual vaginal discharge or other symptoms it’s important that you see your doctor right away.

Endometriosis

This condition occurs when the lining inside the uterus also grows on the outside of the uterus. Endometriosis occurs in about 10 to 20 percent of women in their childbearing years. Not only can this lead to chronic and severe pelvic pain (particularly around a woman’s menstrual cycle) but it can also affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. While there is no cure for endometriosis, there are ways to treat this condition and manage symptoms.

With practices in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ, our OBGYNs Dr. Bentolila and Dr. Saitta make it easy to get the comprehensive gynecological and obstetric care you need, whether you are dealing with pelvic pain or need to schedule a prenatal checkup. Call our offices today at (201) 447-1700 or (201) 447-0467.

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