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Pelvic Pain Specialist

Gary Willen, MD, MBA -  - Gynecologist

Tahoe Women's Care

Gary Willen, MD, MBA

Gynecologist located in Carson City, NV

If you’re one of the 61% of women that don’t know what’s causing their chronic pelvic pain, you can find answers at Tahoe Women’s Care in Carson City, Nevada. Your mysterious pain likely has a diagnosis and a coordinating treatment plan. Gary F. Willen, MD, provides comprehensive care for women affected by chronic pelvic pain, so you don’t have to suffer in silence. Make a call or use the online-booking option to make an appointment and take one step toward feeling better. Dr. Willen also services the surrounding communities of Southlake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Minden, and Gardnerville.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What could be causing my pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is common for women, especially during their menstrual cycles. Although it isn’t necessarily indicative of a problem, it can be a symptom of some conditions:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Infection

If you experience intense, worsening, or unfamiliar pelvic pain, you should notify Dr. Willen. With a full exam and a proper diagnosis, you can get the answers you need and create a targeted treatment plan.

How will my gynecologist diagnose my pelvic pain?

Dr. Willen takes a full medical history and asks questions about how you feel, when the pain started, and where it hurts to get clues about your condition. He then conducts a complete examination to see if he can find any noticeable causes of pain.

He may follow up with further testing to identify or confirm the cause of your pain. Further testing includes:

  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Laparoscopy

What are the treatment options for pelvic pain?

Depending on the cause of your pelvic pain and how much it’s interfering with your life, treatment ranges from lifestyle changes to birth control to surgery.

Over-the-counter pain medication and exercise might be enough to help some women with their chronic pelvic pain. For an infection, an antibiotic might be necessary.

Hormonal birth control might help control the symptoms of endometriosis, fibroids, and cysts. Dr. Willen may recommend surgery for women who haven’t found relief or who need large growths treated.

If you require surgery, Dr. Willen provides advanced da Vinci® Surgery. He uses a robotic surgery system to perform minimally-invasive procedures through a set of tiny incisions. The proprietary camera system and robotic tools help him see and operate with the utmost precision.

How can I prepare for my appointment?

The more you can tell Dr. Willen about the pain, the better.

Record everything you can about your pain. If you can remember, write down when it started, what seems to make it worse, what it feels like, and where the pain is located. Make a note of any changes or observations in the days leading up to your appointment.

You may also want to go to your appointment prepared with a list of question you’d like to ask Dr. Willen. Use your questions to help understand your diagnosis better and get a clear understanding of your treatment options.

If you’re suffering from undiagnosed chronic pelvic pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Willen to find relief.

*Individual results may vary