Pelvic Floor Disorders Program
Women's Medicine Collaborative

Information and Treatment for Pelvic Pain

What Is Pelvic Pain?

Pelvic pain is defined as pain anywhere from the navel to the groin, front or back of the body, that has been present for more than six months.

What Causes Pelvic Pain?

Most patients have multiple underlying causes of their pelvic pain. In some cases, it may take time to diagnose the cause. However, there are general measures that can be taken to help control your pain while your physician continues to work toward a diagnosis.

How Common Is Pelvic Pain?

By one estimate, about 15 percent of American women have chronic pelvic pain.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Pelvic Pain?

Women’s experience of pelvic pain varies widely, but may involve:

  • localized pain
  • cramping
  • sudden-onset pain
  • slowly developing pain
  • pain involving the entire abdomen
  • pain aggravated by movement or during examination

What Treatment Is Available for Pelvic Pain?

There are many options for treating pelvic pain,  including:

  • biofeedback
  • chiropractic care
  • electrical stimulation
  • exercises
  • lifestyle modification
  • manual therapy
  • medication
  • nutrition counseling
  • pain injections
  • physical therapy/pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • relaxation techniques
  • stress management
  • surgery

When Should I Make an Appointment with a Specialist?

If you continue to experience pelvic pain despite initial treatment by a health care provider, your physician will refer you for specialized care. The Women’s Medicine Collaborative has specialists who can help.

Learn more about treatment for pelvic pain at Lifespan