Many women suffer from a complex condition known as Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP). Patients frequently experience this as either pain with their monthly periods, or pain with sexual intercourse. Seeking help for this condition can be both challenging and frustrating because it requires specific advanced training and experience to diagnose and treat CPP effectively. It’s important for women to know they can be successfully treated for their pain.
At IPMS, we are privileged to have Bradford Fenton, MD PhD as our provider of Gynecological services. In addition to his general gynecology practice, Dr. Fenton has extensive training and experience in the diagnosis and effective treatment of Chronic Pelvic Pain. As an expert in this sub-specialty of gynecological care, he brings a wide-range of knowledge and experience to his patients suffering from CPP.
Chronic Pelvic Pain is frequently caused by more than one problem. It can encompass several different organ systems, each with its own range of symptoms and possible pathologies. Often, more than one problem is present within an individual patient. All must be successfully diagnosed and treated to provide real improvement.
Typically, a thorough evaluation will start with a careful history, a pain-focused exam, and a pelvic ultrasound. Dr. Fenton is particularly committed to the comfort of his patients during exams and procedures. Techniques are employed that provide the best possible patient experience.
Once the sources of pain are identified, the underlying physiology will be investigated with further examination, imaging, and possibly laparoscopic surgery. At that point, an effective treatment plan can be determined. A wide-range of treatment options are available for most problems. Choosing between them in based on a patient’s preferences, patience with prolonged treatment, and reproductive wishes.
Many women will have ideas about the direction of their treatment. Dr. Fenton will ensure that each patient understands all of the alternatives available as they work together to design an effective treatment plan.
In addition to his advanced training in CPP, Dr. Fenton has been involved in multiple research projects related to CPP, and has lectured and presented around the country. He is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society and serves as a member of its Board of Directors.