Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain in women can indicate a problem with the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix or vagina or could be related to pregnancy.

Pelvic pain can be something simple like menstrual cramps. Or it can indicate a bladder infection, endometriosis (abnormal growth of uterine tissue), pelvic inflammatory disease (infection of the uterus), ovarian cysts or other ovarian disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, fibroid tumors, or, in more rare cases, certain types of cancer. Pregnancy-related causes include miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or premature labor.


Symptoms that indicate you should see your physician include:

  • Worsening of menstrual cramps
  • Menstrual pain
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding when you’re having your period
  • Painful or difficult urination
  • Abdominal bloating with decreased appetite or weight loss
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Fever or chills with pain

Causes & Treatment

To determine the cause of your pain, you should visit your physician, who will perform an exam and may conduct blood and urine tests, a diagnostic laparoscopy to look directly at your reproductive system, an ultrasound or CT scan, or other tests to determine how to provide you with the best possible treatment.

Hartford Hospital’s experienced, skilled and compassionate Women’s Health physicians will work very closely with you to help you get your life back again – without pain.

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