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Author: Ali Ghomi, MD

Pelvic Mesh: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Chances are you are reading this article because you have seen the T.V. commercials raising awareness of the complications of “pelvic mesh.” Personally, I don’t recall the last time I watched 15 minutes of daytime TV without coming across such commercials. So, what is pelvic mesh? Why are they used in the pelvis? What complications are being spoken of? What should you know if you have had pelvic mesh?

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Pelvic Pain: It’s Real

Pelvic pain is a common gynecological condition that affects women of all ages. The pain occurs in the pelvis (area between the hip and bladder), and has typically been present daily for more than three to six months. Pelvic pain is often more severe during menstruation, but unlike “menstrual cramps,” which are cyclical, pelvic pain is ongoing, and can be dull, aching, or sharp, and become severe enough to warrant a doctor’s visit. Pelvic pain typically responds well to over the counter pain medications, especially Ibuprofen. However, Ibuprofen effectiveness may diminish over time as the disease progresses.

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