Pelvic pain occurs mostly in the lower abdomen area. The pain might be steady, or it might come and go. If the pain is severe, it might get in the way of your daily activities.
If you're a woman, you might feel a dull pain during your period. It could also happen during sex. Pelvic pain can be a sign that there is a problem with one of the organs in your pelvic area, such as the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix or vagina. It could also be a symptom of infection, or a problem with the urinary tract, lower intestines, rectum, muscle or bone. If you're a man, the cause is often a problem with the prostate.
You might have to undergo a lot of medical tests to find the cause of the pain. The treatment will depend on the cause, how bad the pain is and how often it occurs.
NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- Chronic Pelvic Pain (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF
- Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women (Beyond the Basics) (UpToDate)
- Pelvic Pain (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Available in Spanish
- Pudendal Neuralgia (Office of Rare Diseases)
- Women's Pelvic Pain Often Unreported (08/12/2015, HealthDay)
- Pelvic Pain May be Common Among Reproductive-Age Women, NIH Study Finds (08/12/2015, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
- How Is Pelvic Pain Diagnosed? (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Available in Spanish
- Pelvic Exam (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Pelvic laparoscopy - slideshow Available in Spanish
- Ultrasound -- Pelvis (Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology) Available in Spanish
- What Are the Symptoms of Pelvic Pain? (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Available in Spanish
Treatments and Therapies
- Chronic Pelvic Pain (American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
- How Is Pelvic Pain Treated? (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Available in Spanish
- Non-Surgical Procedure Is Effective Treatment for Painful Ovarian Varicose Veins (Society of Interventional Radiology)
- Saw Palmetto (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Treating Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Review of the Research for Women (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Available in Spanish
- Pelvic Exam (National Cancer Institute)