If you are a woman who suffers with pelvic floor disorders like incontinence or an overactive bladder, the benefits of seeing a urogynecologist are compelling. It doesn’t mean giving up a trusted gynecologist you already see, but it is adding another resource or specialist for certain female health issues.
Noticing a few spots of blood between periods can be worrisome, and although women may see spots in their underwear or on toilet tissue, there are usually benign reasons for these occurrences. Here are seven conditions that can cause sporadic spotting between periods in addition to when you should be concerned enough to seek medical advice.
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?
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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Dr Ghomi authors a chapter in a text book of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery about robotic surgery.
A patient recently wrote me a deeply heartfelt and touching poem. It was humbling to be reminded of what it means to be a physician.
Ali Ghomi, MD