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.
- Endometriosis or adenomyosis.
- Gastrointestinal, urologic or musculoskeletal disorders.
- Psychological disorders, including depression.