Pelvic pain is a blanket term describing any pain occurring below the belly button, in the lowest part of the abdomen and pelvis.
Pain can affect the reproductive, digestive, musculoskeletal, urinary, or gastrointestinal symptoms. Pelvic pain may indicate the presence of an infection, such as a urinary tract infection. The majority of causes of pelvic pain are benign but can become serious if left untreated. The most common causes of pelvic pain in women are related to their menstrual cycle. Menstruation, ovulation, and pregnancy are three of the most common causes of pelvic pain in women.
The treatment of pelvic pain depends on the cause, but common treatment options include:
Seek immediate medical attention if your sudden, intense abdominal pain is solely on the right side of your abdomen and is accompanied by:
These can be symptoms of appendicitis, which may be caused by a ruptured appendix or a pus pocket in your abdomen.
If your pelvic pain lasts more than several weeks or progressively worsens, you should seek medical attention. Your healthcare professional will inquire about your symptoms’ frequency, location, severity, and duration. They will inquire about your sexual activities, complete medical history, and familial history related to pelvic pain before conducting a physical exam.
Causes of pelvic pain include, but are not limited to:
More Pelvic Pain Facts
Women are more likely to experience pelvic pain than men.
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