Chronic Pelvic Pain

(Pelvic Pain, Chronic)

Definition

Pelvic pain is located between the belly button and the hips and groin. If it lasts for 6 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.
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  • Urinary conditions, such as a bladder infection or urinary tract infection
  • 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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