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Pelvic Pain Specialist

James A. Watson, MD -  - OBGYN

James A. Watson, MD

OBGYN located in Gilroy, CA

Pelvic pain is not only uncomfortable, it could point to a serious gynecological problem. James A. Watson, MD, and his experienced OB/GYN team in Gilroy, California, diagnose and treat the cause of pelvic pain to offer you symptom relief and prevent serious complications. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online with Dr. Watson at the first sign of pelvic pain.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is a feeling of discomfort that occurs in your lower abdominal area. The pain can range from mild to severe, and it might come and go. Symptoms include:

  • Dull or sharp pain
  • Stabbing pain
  • Pain during menstruation
  • Cramping pain
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pain with movement
  • Sudden onset of pain
  • Pain that develops slowly
  • Pain with urination or bowel movements

Because pelvic pain can indicate a gynecological problem requiring treatment, see Dr. Watson and the team for an evaluation as soon as the pain hits.

What causes pelvic pain?

The following conditions are associated with pelvic pain:

  • Menstrual cramps
  • Ovulation pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Constipation and other gastrointestinal (GI) issues
  • Appendicitis
  • Ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cancer

You might experience pelvic pain from multiple causes at the same time. It could be nothing more than a simple nuisance. But because pelvic pain can indicate a serious gynecological problem, OB/GYN evaluation is important.

How is pelvic pain diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of pelvic pain, Dr. Watson reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms. He completes a comprehensive physical exam, which includes a pelvic exam and Pap test, to detect abnormalities.

Dr. Watson may order blood tests, urine tests, a pregnancy test, and imaging procedures like ultrasounds, X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. He might urge you to have a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or laparoscopy. 

During a laparoscopic procedure, Dr. Watson uses a thin, lighted tube to view the inside of your pelvic area. He evaluates endometrial or other tissue abnormalities associated with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and endometriosis.

How is pelvic pain treated?

Your personalized pelvic pain treatment is based on what’s causing the pain. Dr. Watson might recommend:

Medications

Taking anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, or oral contraceptive medications may help treat the underlying cause of pelvic pain or relieve your symptoms.

Lifestyle strategies

Lifestyle strategies that might help reduce pelvic pain include relaxation exercises, physical therapy, and dietary changes.

Neurostimulation

Neurostimulation, or spinal cord stimulation, uses an implantable device to block nerve pathways and reduce pain signals.

Minimally invasive surgery

Dr. Watson might recommend minimally invasive surgery to treat the cause of your pelvic pain. Depending on your condition, he may suggest laparoscopic surgery to remove displaced endometrial tissue, adhesions, other tissues, or even your uterus in some cases.

Don’t let pelvic pain go undiagnosed and untreated. Schedule an appointment at the office of James A. Watson, MD, over the phone or online today.