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Period problems and pelvic pain

Most women have experienced pelvic pain at some time in their lives, often in the form of menstrual cramps. Because of this, many women tend to “put up” with pelvic pain, sometimes for years. A pain in the lower belly may be as simple as a painful period or a urinary tract infection (UTI) but it can be as complicated as endometriosis or as serious as cancer. 

If you have pelvic pain that is severe, prolonged or comes back month after month, it's time to see an OB/GYN. Gynecologists at Fairview Clinics can help diagnosis your period problem and find a treatment plan to eliminate your pain and improve your quality of life.   

Gynecologist Michelle Cowling, MD is just one of our experts who can help diagnose and treat period and pelvic problems.






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What to expect at your appointment

To pinpoint the cause of your problem, your doctor will begin with a detailed evaluation of your medical history. It’s very helpful if you keep a log of your symptoms and concerns.

Keep track of: 
  • When and how often you get the pain?
  • How long does the pain last?
  • How severe it is on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • Does it coincide with your period?
  • What aggravates it? (exercise, sexual activity, sitting, standing, food or drink)
  • What relieves it? (heat, body position, back massage, etc.)
  • How does it affect your quality of life?

Your doctor may use lab tests to check hormones or recommend imaging procedures to help find the cause of your symptoms. Depending on the diagnosis, recommended treatments might include life-style changes, medications, and nonsurgical or surgical gynecologic procedures. From endometrial ablation to even one-incision hysterectomies - Fairview doctor s help thousands of women every year overcome their period and pelvic problems.

A patient shares her experience 
Dori used to to schedule her life around her painful periods. Now, after a single-incision hysterectomy - she says she has her life back. Read Dori's story about treatment for painful periods, cysts and endometriosis.  
 
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