Author: Ali Ghomi, MD

Is It Normal To Have Extremely Painful Period Cramps?

Is it normal to have extremely painful period cramps? What exactly is normal? Over half of women have some type of painful cramps prior to and during their period. Some women just deal with it, others need medication to work through their time of the month, and then there are some women who experience severe cramping. When does normal shift into abnormal?

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When Should I See My Gynecologist About Pelvic Pain?

The simple answer to the question, “when should I see my gynecologist about pelvic pain?” depends on whether the pain is new or different. Aside from typical cramps during your period, you shouldn’t be experiencing pain in your pelvic area. Any pain indicates something is awry in your body, so don’t ignore a pain in your reproductive area. Let’s find out why.

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7 Conditions That Can Cause Sporadic Spotting Between Periods

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.

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Vaginal 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 “vaginal 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? And, 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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