Facts About Abdominal and Pelvic Pain

Facts About Abdominal and Pelvic Pain

We all experience various types of abdominal pain from time to time and normally, it can be something as harmless as indigestion. We’ve all grabbed an antacid tablet after eating hot dogs and chili. But there are some types of pelvic pain that should not be ignored.

The first thing many women want to know is how to distinguish a common gas pain from a more serious pelvic pain. Generally, if a pain has persisted in the same area for more than a couple of days, you should have it checked out. Another important thing to ascertain is exactly where the pain is coming from. In women, the abdomen and pelvic areas contain organs such as fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, kidneys, and appendix. A pain that issues from any of these areas can be alarming.

One of the first things to consider is whether there could be a natural explanation for the pain. Have you been working out more lately? Have you engaged in any activities that might have caused muscle strain? If you’re in a sexual relationship with someone, is it possible that you’ve contracted an STD? Once you eliminate common things like indigestion and muscle strain, try to pinpoint exactly where the pain is coming from.

Appendicitis and Other Illnesses

Appendicitis can be very serious. The pain will stem from the lower right side of the stomach area. A urinary tract infection usually exhibits with pain in the lower abdomen as well, and patients may have a great deal of discomfort when urinating. Bladder infections or cystitis, are caused by the E.coli bacteria. If treated promptly, they pose no threat, but they should not be disregarded.


Endometriosis is one cause of pelvic pain that women find a bit scary. This condition stems from an abnormal growth of cells in the uterus. The symptoms include persistent pelvic pain along with ongoing pain during intercourse.

If you’re not sure exactly what’s causing the discomfort, schedule an appointment to see your doctor or urologist. It’s a good idea to make notes about exactly where the pain is coming from and how long you’ve had it. The doctor may run a few tests to determine the exact cause and then prescribe the right treatment options for your ailment. Remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Dr. Nancy Lobby and her staff at All Women Urology are there to answer your questions and help you get the quality healthcare you deserve. Please call us if you’ve been having any unexplained symptoms and we’ll get you scheduled right away.