Behind Pelvic Pain

Men and women both may experience pelvic pain at some time in their life. This kind of pain can mean any number of issues, from appendicitis to urinary tract infections. It’s critical to know what kind of pain is cause for concern.

At MDPain in Greenwood Village and Parker, Colorado, we specialize in pelvic pain, symptoms, and, most importantly, relief. Our skilled experts pride themselves on comprehensive and compassionate care while addressing the root cause of your pelvic pain.

What is pelvic pain?

Pain that occurs under your belly button but above your legs is pelvic pain. It can happen to men and women of any age and even children. It may be as harmless as menstrual cramps, or it may be severe enough for an emergency room visit. Pelvic pain may also be joined by:

If the pain is chronic

Chronic pain is described as pain that lasts for three to six months, or longer. Chronic pelvic pain could mean many things. Here are just a few problems you may be dealing with.


Endometriosis causes pain in women due to the misgrowth of the lining of the uterus. Your uterine lining is called the endometrium. When the endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus, it causes pelvic pain. Endometrial tissue is supposed to remain inside the uterus, but it can become displaced, growing elsewhere, which causes discomfort and inflammation.

Uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that aren’t cancerous. They grow in the uterine wall. Many women never experience any symptoms alerting them of the uterine growths. However, if there are many uterine growths, or if they are large growths, you may experience chronic pressure or pain in your pelvis.


Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate, which is a small gland in a man’s reproductive system. There are several types of prostatitis. The most frequent kind to cause pelvic pain is nonbacterial prostatitis, and doctors don’t really know what causes this. It is a common issue that causes chronic pelvic pain and irritation.

If the pain is acute

Acute pain is pain that occurs suddenly. It can be mild or it might be severe. Acute pain may last for days or weeks, but it doesn’t cause pain for extended amounts of time as chronic pain does. Here are some examples of problems that cause acute pelvic pain.

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

A UTI is an infection that both men and women experience. It’s a bacterial infection that occurs in the urinary tract, which includes both kidneys, the bladder, and the urethra. If you have a UTI, you may experience a burning sensation when urinating, the need to urinate often, or pelvic pain.


If you’ve got appendicitis, you’ll notice a sudden, sharp pain on the right side of your body, in the lower abdomen area. Pelvic pain caused by appendicitis is found in both men and women, but it typically occurs between the ages of 10 and 30. This kind of pelvic pain is serious, and you should seek medical attention if the pain is accompanied by fever, pain when walking or moving, or nausea and vomiting.

When to seek help

Pelvic pain is an ambiguous diagnosis until you see a doctor. It could be caused by something you can take care of yourself, or it may require immediate assistance. If you have sharp pain in your pelvis that includes vomiting or fever, seek medical attention right away. Other serious symptoms include dizziness and nausea, accompanied by vaginal bleeding. As always, don’t ever try to self-diagnose. It’s important that you see an expert at MDPain for a proper examination. 

For chronic pelvic pain, call MDPain to make a telemedicine appointment. Click here for more information on our transition to telemedicine only. 


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