Pelvic pain refers to pain occurring below the naval, above the genital area, and between the hips. Chronic pelvic pain is pain in this area that lasts more than three months.
Pelvic pain comes in many forms. It may feel dull, sharp, pressured, or cramping. It may be constant or intermittent. It could occur across the entire pelvic area or be felt in one specific place. The pain may increase during urination, bowel movement, or sexual intercourse.
Your doctor will carry out a physical exam to try to determine the source of your pain, and may refer you to a specialist depending on what he believes to be the source of your pain. Pelvic exam, ultrasound, and CT scans are commonly used to diagnose the cause of pelvic pain. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a diagnostic test called a laparoscopy, in which incisions are made in the pelvic area and a camera is inserted in order to identify the source of the pain.