Chronic Pelvic Pain

(Pelvic Pain, Chronic)

Definition

Pelvic pain is located between the belly button and the hips and groin. If it lasts for six months or more it is called chronic pelvic pain. It is often difficult to figure out the source of the pain. Pelvic pain can be caused by problems in the:
  • Female reproductive organs
  • Intestines
  • Nerves
  • Bladder
  • Prostate
Male Pelvis Organs
Male pelvis lateral
Includes bladder, prostate (under bladder), and the colon.
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Causes

Chronic pelvic pain can be caused by a wide variety of conditions.
  • Gynecological conditions
    Female Pelvis Organs
    Female pelvis lateral
    From left to right: the bladder, uterus, and colon. Nerves are shown in yellow.
    © 2011 Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
  • Psychological conditions, such as depression, or a history of physical or sexual abuse
  • Neuromuscular conditions
    • Pudendal neuralgia
    • Muscle pain
    • Nerve pain
    • Lower back pain
    • Joint and bone pain
    • Muscle strain

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