Cramps Specialist

Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC

Board Certified OB/GYN located in Leesburg, FL & Lady Lake, FL

Severe cramps and pelvic pain can be warning signs of serious issues like endometriosis or ovarian cysts. If you’re suffering from agonizing cramps that are starting to affect you regularly, schedule an evaluation at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC in Leesburg, and Lady Lake, in Florida, right away. You can conveniently book an appointment online or you can call the clinic to speak with a team member.

Cramps Q & A

What causes cramps?

Women often have cramps as a common side effect of their menstrual periods. But your cramping shouldn’t become so severe that you miss work, are doubled over in pain, or can’t perform daily functions. If you’re experiencing abnormal cramps, it could be related to:

  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Uterine fibroids or polyps
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
  • Ovulation, a condition known as mittelschmerz
  • Pregnancy complications, including ectopic pregnancy

Sometimes, pelvic pain isn’t related to your reproductive organs or urinary tract system; it’s caused by musculoskeletal issues or even bowel disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In any case, it’s important to get to the root cause of your pelvic pain early on so that the underlying condition doesn’t worsen.

Do I need to see a doctor for cramps?

Yes. Not only can severe cramps lower the quality of your life, but they can also be a warning sign of something serious. The compassionate team at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC encourages you to have a comprehensive exam if your cramps are:

  • Associated with abnormal or heavy bleeding
  • Causing radiating pain into your back or legs
  • Lasting more than 2-3 days
  • Worse during or after sex
  • Sudden and severe

You should also visit Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC right away if you find that your cramps are associated with dizziness, headaches, or nausea. Your dedicated provider will talk with you about your symptoms, perform a comprehensive exam, and look at any necessary imaging — like an ultrasound — to diagnose you.

How are cramps treated?

Once your Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC physician gets to the root cause of your cramps, they will talk with you about treatment options. Depending on the cause and severity of your cramps, your doctor could recommend:

  • Hormonal birth control
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Pelvic floor strengthening (Kegel) exercises

Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC also offers several types of in-office procedures, including endometrial ablation, to treat the cause of your cramps. But if you have abnormal growths, large cysts, or other issues, your doctor could recommend minimally invasive surgery.

Before living with severe cramps another day, contact Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC for an evaluation. Book your visit online or over the phone.