Women & Family Clinic
Sepideh Zahedy-Kapusta, MD
OB-GYN & Medical Spa located in La Habra, CA
Determining what’s causing pelvic pain can be a puzzle, especially for women. Dr. Sepideh Zahedy-Kapusta of Women & Family Clinic in La Habra, California, is a board-certified OB/GYN and an expert at uncovering the underlying causes of women’s pelvic pain. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Zahedy recommends effective treatment options so her patients can avoid the potentially serious complications of leaving the pain untreated.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain is pain that originates in the region of your abdomen below your belly button. For women, it may be a symptom of your normal menstruation cycle, or it may be the result of a variety of other conditions including:
- Bladder infections
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Ovarian cysts
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Fibroid tumors in the uterus
- Kidney infections
- Cervical or uterine cancer
In most cases, if you experience abnormal pelvic pain, or your pain persists, it’s necessary to seek professional medical care to determine what’s causing your pain. It’s never a good idea to leave pelvic pain untreated, in case it is a symptom of a serious medical condition.
What symptoms should I be concerned about?
Chronic pelvic pain is pain that lasts for more than six months, interferes with sleep, or interferes with sexual intercourse. This type of pain should be investigated by a medical professional immediately. Dr. Zahedy has the experience and the technology in her La Habra clinic to determine the cause of your pelvic pain.
She takes a comprehensive approach to understanding your symptoms by talking to you, performing a physical examination, and possibly doing blood tests. If needed, she can also do an in-office ultrasound to help get a clearer picture of what’s causing your pain.
Symptoms you should not ignore include:
- Pelvic pain with vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Painful or difficult urination
- Blood in urine or bowel movement
- Pain during intercourse
What can be done to treat pelvic pain?
Once Dr. Zahedy diagnoses the cause of your pain, she discusses the condition in detail with you, so you can make an informed decision about the available treatment options. Your treatment depends largely on the condition, the intensity of the pain, and how often it occurs. In some cases, painful symptoms respond well to medications or antibiotics, if necessary.
If your pelvic condition requires an in-office procedure or surgery, Dr. Zahedy helps you understand your options and any essential procedures so you know exactly what to expect. If you’re experiencing intolerable pelvic pain, seek immediate emergency care. For all other levels of pelvic pain, call the office or schedule the next available appointment online.