Pelvic Pain | Symptoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of pelvic pain?

The experience of pelvic pain can differ from patient to patient. A woman should seek medical help once the pain interferes with her daily schedule. Possible symptoms include:

  • severe pain in the pelvic region
  • pain that comes and goes
  • dull aching
  • sharp pains or cramping
  • pressure or heaviness deep within her pelvis
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • pain while having a bowel movement
  • pain upon sitting down

What causes pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain can have many causes, gynecological, gastrointestinal or psychological. Common causes include:

  • endometriosis
  • tension in your pelvic floor muscles
  • chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
  • pelvic congestion syndrome
  • ovarian remnant
  • ovarian cysts
  • uterine fibroids
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • painful bladder syndrome, also called interstitial cystitis
  • psychological factors, such as depression, stress or the effects of abuse