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Health Tip: Pain in the Pelvis

What it may mean

(HealthDay News) -- Pelvic pain is common in women, in varying degrees of severity and at different times. Determining whether it indicates something harmless or serious should always be left to a physician.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says here are common causes of pelvic pain in women:

  • An infection somewhere in the pelvic region, including pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • Cysts on the ovaries, which can occur during monthly ovulation.
  • Fibroids on the uterus.
  • An ectopic pregnancy, where a fertilized egg grows somewhere other than the uterus, often in a fallopian tube.
  • Menstrual pain, which can be severe.
  • Ovulation.
  • Endometriosis or adenomyosis.
  • Gastrointestinal, urologic or musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Psychological disorders, including depression.
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