Virago Physical Therapy

Conditions Treated

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is any pain perceived in the area of the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen located between the hip bones. The term pelvic pain is most commonly used to refer to pain arising from the reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina) in women. Pelvic pain many times begins suddenly, is recurrent, and is different from menstrual cramps. The pain can be dull or sharp, achy, and be accompanied by itching or burning around the genitals, buttocks or inner thighs.

Pelvic pain can be accompanied by:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Black or bloody stools
  • Bloating, constipation or diarrhea
  • Bumps, blisters or open sores
  • Change in vaginal discharge
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Fever
  • Frequent urination or urge to urinate
  • Irregular periods
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Lower back pain
  • Moodiness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Painful or difficult urination
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Skin rash and/or irritation
  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
Pelvic pain can be worsened by lifting, straining, hormonal fluctuations such as those pains associated with menstrual cycles, increased physical activity, and stress.

Pelvic pain can have numerous causes, including menstrual cramps, pain from a rupture of an ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cyst, or other mass; endometriosis; and pelvic inflammatory disease. Non-gynecologic pelvic pain sources can include urinary tract infections, intestinal obstruction, colitis, tumors, appendicitis, or other conditions.