Written by Dr. Seema Nigar Alvi, Post Graduate in Obs & Gynae | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Jun 22, 2020


Chronic pelvic pain may be defined as the pain occurring below the umbilicus that persists for at least six months. Pelvic pain is one of the common distressing complaints of females across the globe.

The pelvic region is the area lying between umbilicus to the groin in the front and between the buttocks at the back. It chiefly contains the organs of reproductive, urinary and digestive systems like uterus, bladder and intestines.

Women Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is not a disease rather a symptom of illnesses such as Endometriosis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis or Diverticulitis.

Frequency of Pelvic Pain: It is seen that approximately 1 out of every seven women suffers from this painful condition.

Affected Age: The condition is more commonly seen in reproductive-aged women, around 26-30years of age.

Pelvic pain can be constant or intermittent. Constant pain is the outcome of a number of problems while intermittent pelvic pain is usually due to a specific cause.

The persistent pelvic pain can be a source of mental, physical and emotional distress and it can adversely affect the daily routine.

Dysmenorrhea is a term used to describe low anterior pelvic pain which occurs in connection with periods.

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