Pelvic pain is a general term to describe pain in the area between the hips and below the navel. If a woman has had pelvic pain (whether constantly or on-and-off) for six months or longer, it is considered chronic pelvic pain.
A wide range of problems in the reproductive, urinary, and/or digestive systems can cause pelvic pain, as well as a history of abuse. For some women, a specific cause of pelvic pain may not be identified.
Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the cause of the pain. If no specific cause is identified, the pain is still treatable. Managing chronic pelvic pain may require a combination of medication, therapy, and stress reduction.
Pelvic pain symptoms
The symptoms of pelvic pain may differ from one woman to another. Some women experience pain that is so severe that everyday responsibilities are difficult to manage, while others feel a mild irritation.
Pelvic pain may be:
The discomfort may also feel like heaviness, fullness, or pressure in the lower abdomen.
See a health care provider immediately if you have sudden, severe pelvic pain. This may be a sign of a serious health emergency.
Talk to your gynecologist if you are experiencing pelvic pain. Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the woman’s symptoms and underlying conditions.
For most women with chronic pelvic pain, a combination of treatments, medications, and pain management techniques will be the most effective source of relief from their symptoms.