Pelvic Pain Specialist

Jennifer C. Brooks, M.D.

Gynecologist located in Fort Worth, TX

Pelvic pain is a sign that something is amiss, and should not be ignored. In Fort Worth, Texas, Jennifer C. Brooks, MD, offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services that get to the bottom of your symptoms and on a path toward relief. Schedule an appointment today to get started. You can try the simple online scheduling tool or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What are some common causes of pelvic pain?

Your pelvic region houses numerous components of your reproductive, digestive, and excretory systems. There are a number of things that cause pelvic pain, and reaching a diagnosis requires skilled care.

Some of the more common causes of gynecologic pelvic pain include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Uterine fibroids

Causes unrelated to your reproductive system include appendicitis, diverticulitis, constipation, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.

When should I see a doctor for pelvic pain?

Occasional pelvic pain that eases relatively quickly is usually nothing to worry about. However, if pelvic pain is severe or fails to improve after a few days of self-care, it is time to schedule a diagnostic exam with Dr. Brooks.

Pelvic pain should never be ignored, as pain is your body’s way of sending you a message that something is amiss. Many conditions respond best to treatment in the early stages, so don’t delay coming in for a thorough diagnostic work-up.

What are uterine fibroids and how are they treated?

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop on your uterus. They usually develop during childbearing years, and often present no symptoms.

Fibroids can be so tiny they can’t be detected by the human eye, or as large as a grapefruit. You can have just one fibroid or many. Most women have fibroids at some point in their life, yet many are unaware of the condition unless they experience symptoms.

When symptoms are present, they include:

  • Abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Periods lasting longer than a week
  • Trouble fully emptying the bladder
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Constipation
  • Sensation of pressure or pain in the pelvis

Not all fibroids require treatment, as many shrink on their own. If treatment is necessary, options include hormonal supplementation, hormone agonist medications, or medications to address heavy bleeding or pain.

There are also minimally invasive procedures that slow or stop the blood supply to fibroids, effectively shrinking and killing them. Some approaches use electric current to alter blood flow, while others use small injected particles. Larger fibroids can also be surgically removed.

If you’re living with pelvic pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooks online or by phone to determine the cause and explore treatment options.