Pelvic Pain Specialist

Jehuda Renan, MD, FACOG -  - OB-GYN

Jehuda Renan, MD, FACOG

OB-GYN & Infertility Specialist located in Tarzana, CA

If it hurts when you have sex, or if you experience severe pain during your period, you may have issues with your reproductive organs, an infection, or another condition causing pelvic pain. At his Tarzana, California, OB/GYN practice, Dr. Jehuda Renan offers diagnostic services to determine what is causing your pain and offers effective options to alleviate your discomfort and treat your condition. Contact the office by phone or online to schedule an appointment now.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of pelvic pain?

Pain in the lower abdomen may be chronic or can come and go unpredictably. Pain may be more severe during your periods or may occur before or after your normal menstrual cycle.

Other characteristics of pelvic pain include:

  • Pain lasting six months or longer
  • Sharp and stabbing pain in a central location
  • Widespread dull pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Painful periods

In some cases, pain is so severe it becomes debilitating and disrupts your life.

What causes pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain in women may be the result of medical problems affecting your:

  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Vagina
  • Uterus
  • Cervix

Pain may be caused by a number of conditions, including:

  • Uterine fibroids: noncancerous growths on your uterus
  • Endometriosis: the growth of excess uterine tissue on your reproductive and surrounding organs that thickens and breaks down during your monthly menstrual cycle
  • Adenomyosis: when the inner lining of your uterus breaks through the uterine wall
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease: an infection in your reproductive organs often caused by sexually transmitted diseases

Pelvic pain may also be the result of medical problems affecting your urinary tract or bowel.

How is pelvic pain diagnosed?

Dr. Renan reviews your symptoms and medical history during your consultation. He also performs a pelvic exam to identify potential causes of pain in your reproductive organs. During your pelvic exam, Dr. Renan checks your organs for abnormalities and may perform a Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer.

Along with the physical exam, he may request imaging tests like an ultrasound or a laparoscopy to take a closer look at your internal abdominal area.

How is pelvic pain treated?

Once Dr. Renan identifies the cause of your pelvic pain, he may recommend one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medications
  • Surgery

Dr. Renan offers laparoscopy as an alternative to traditional surgery. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure and is effective at relieving pain caused by endometriosis, fibroids, and other conditions. Dr. Renan may use laparoscopy to diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain or as a surgical treatment option.

To alleviate pelvic pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Renan online or by calling the office.