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Pelvic Pain: Condition Information

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What is pelvic pain?

"Pelvic pain" is a general term used to describe pain that occurs mostly or only in the region below a woman's belly button. This region includes the lower stomach, lower back, bottom, and genital area.1 

Pelvic pain is chronic if it lasts for more than 6 months and affects a woman's quality of life.2 This condition is a common reason why women seek medical care.3

  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2004). ACOG practice bulletin no. 51. Chronic pelvic pain. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 103,589–605. [top]
  2. UCSF Medical Center. (2012). Pelvic pain. Retrieved April 19, 2012, from External Web Site Policy [top]
  3. Reiter, R. C. (1996). A profile of women with chronic pelvic pain. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 33,130–136 [top]

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