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What is chronic pelvic pain?

Published On: Feb 12 2014 10:51:01 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 24 2014 10:15:58 PM CST

By Mayo Clinic News Network

Pelvic pain is pain in the lowest part of your abdomen and pelvis. In women, pelvic pain may refer to symptoms arising from the reproductive or urinary systems or from musculoskeletal sources.

Depending on its source, pelvic pain may be dull or sharp; it may be constant or off and on (intermittent); and it may be mild, moderate or severe. Pelvic pain can sometimes radiate to your lower back, buttocks or thighs.

Pelvic pain can occur suddenly, sharply and briefly (acute) or over the long term (chronic). Chronic pelvic pain refers to any constant or intermittent pelvic pain that has been present for more than a few months.

Sometimes, you may notice pelvic pain only at certain times, such as when you urinate or during sexual activity.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/pelvic-pain/basics/definition/SYM-20050898