Several health issues associated with the female reproductive system can cause abdominal pain. Although cramps are a common cause, the following are also possible:
While most women tolerate the pain and discomfort associated with their periods, abnormal abdominal pain should be a cause for worry. Dr. Adams can perform a thorough examination to determine what is causing the pain and what can be done to correct the problem. Once he's identified the problem, he can treat it accordingly and correct any abnormalities that may be present.
For many patients, Dr. Adams recommends treating the cramps and general discomfort associated with their monthly cycle through the use of over the counter medications and home remedies, like placing a heating pad on the stomach or lower back. When your cramps become overly severe, medical treatment may be needed to help manage the pain.
Dr. Adams can evaluate your condition and determine what is causing the severe abdominal pain. In some cases, using a hormone based birth control will help to reduce the pain and control any heavy bleeding that may be accompanying the pain. If birth control doesn't effectively control the pain and excessive flow, he may recommend more invasive procedures such as endometrial ablation.
Hormone replacement therapy may be able to help control and effectively manage abdominal pain associated with endometriosis and other conditions that are affected by your fluctuating hormone levels. Hormone-based medications can restore the balance and minimize the abdominal discomfort.
Patients who've entered menopause and are still having severe abdominal discomfort may want to consider a hysterectomy to eliminate the cause of their pain. Dr. Adams can counsel his patients on all the available options (most of which are permanent for those who've passed their childbearing years).
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