The doctor’s office is an ideal place to make a diagnosis, a doctor will say.
But it can also be the most challenging place to ask about the latest research.
A new study from the University of Southern California finds that patients with a history of pelvic pain may be more likely to have the condition treated with unnecessary medication, like antibiotics.
The study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, looked at 1,800 women in Los Angeles County who had a history, or a history and present, of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a condition that can lead to painful and painful periods.
Researchers examined the patients’ health-related and quality of life and found that the women with PID had significantly lower quality of health, as measured by physical and mental health, and quality-of-life, as well as mental health and quality.
Women with PID were also more likely than other women to have poor quality of care, according to the study.
Women who had PID were more likely compared to women with other health problems to be denied care or to be unable to access primary care because they were too ill to go, the study found.
The researchers concluded that women with chronic pelvic pain or PID are more likely and at greater risk of experiencing low quality of medical care than women without a history.
Dr. Jill Anderson, lead author of the study and professor of gynecologic surgery at USC, told the LA Times that there’s a “clear need” for physicians to be more proactive in treating women with a health condition.
“The more we can get in the back of our minds and understand what is really going on and what is affecting them, the better,” Anderson said.
“We’re not talking about just a bunch of patients who may have a problem.”
The authors of the new study say that they hope the findings will lead to a change in how doctors are trained in the diagnosis of pelvic disease.
Dr Lisa Gersh, a gynecologist and the director of the USC Center for Integrative Medicine, told CNN that the findings should serve as a warning for other women who are struggling with pelvic pain.
“I think we should be more conscious of women who have chronic pelvic conditions, women who can be in pain all the time and not be treated,” GersH said.
GersH added that she hopes the findings have “the potential to change the way gyns care for these women.”
The study is the first of its kind and is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the American Society of Internal Medicine.
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