Treatment for Pelvic Pain

Sudden or emerging pain in the pelvic region, below the navel and between the hips, can be a warning sign that there is a problem or infection within the reproductive organs, bowels, bladder, or kidney.

  • Severe or steady cramping or dull pain in the pelvic region
  • A heavy feeling or pressure near the pelvis
  • Painful intercourse or pain during bowel movements
  • Intermittent or constant pain that intensifies after standing long periods


Who is at risk?

Women might manifest pelvic pain because of a gynecologic condition (endometriosis, fibroids, cysts or pelvic adhesions) or because of an infection.


A physician will want to assess the circumstances and frequency of the pain and will possibly perform a pelvic exam to gather further evidence. Treatment will range from antibiotics for an infection to surgical correction for growths, cysts, or tumors. If the cause is determined to be irritable bowel syndrome or diverticulitis, lifestyle and dietary changes will likely be part of the directed course.

Emergency Warning Signs: When should I see a doctor?

See a physician if the pain disrupts your daily life or symptoms grow worse over a short period of time (a few days).

For more information on pelvic pain, see the following websites:

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