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Pelvic Pain

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Pelvic pain is a general term used to describe pain that occurs mostly or only in the pelvic region, which includes the lower stomach, lower back, buttocks, and genital area.

WHAT CAUSES PELVIC PAIN?
There are many possible causes of pelvic pain, and it may be difficult to figure out the specific cause or causes. A woman’s pain may result from multiple causes occurring all at the same time. And a woman with one chronic pain condition is at increased risk for other types of chronic pain.

In many cases, pelvic pain indicates a problem with one or more of the organs in the pelvic area, such as the uterus, vagina, intestine, or bladder. Problems may include infection, inflammation, or conditions such as endometriosis.

HOW CAN I DESCRIBE MY PAIN TO MY HEALTHCARE PROVIDER

Describing your pain accurately and thoroughly may help your health care provider find the cause of the pain and treat it.

Information that is helpful to your doctor includes:
-How long you have had your pain
-Where you feel the pain
-Whether your pain is in one spot or spread out
-How the pain feels and how severe it is
-Whether pain is constant or comes and goes
-What activities make pain worse or improve it
-How your pain limits what you can do
-How often the pain occurs and how long it lasts
-Anything that triggers the pain

Content Source: US Department of Health and Human Services | National Institutes of Health

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