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) Also in Spanish
- Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women (Beyond the Basics) (UpToDate)
- Pelvic Pain (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in Spanish
- Pudendal Neuralgia (Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center)
Diagnosis and Tests
- How Is Pelvic Pain Diagnosed? (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in Spanish
- Pelvic Exam (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Pelvic laparoscopy - slideshow (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Ultrasound -- Pelvis (Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology) Also in Spanish
- Pelvic Exam (National Cancer Institute)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Efficacy of acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndromes: study...
- Article: The effectiveness of complementary manual therapies for pregnancy-related back and...
- Article: The role of serological testing for Chlamydia trachomatis in differential...
- Pelvic Pain -- see more articles