Pelvic pain isfelt below your bellybutton. It may come on suddenly and severely, or could be mild and last for months.

See your GP as soon as possible if you're experiencing pelvic pain. In some cases,womenmay bereferredto a gynaecologist(a specialist in the female reproductive system).Sometimes the cause of pelvic pain can't be identified.

The following information is about pelvic pain in women, as men are rarely affected. It covers the possible causes of:

  • sudden, unexpected (acute) pelvic pain
  • persistent or recurrent (chronic) pelvic pain

The information and advice below aims to give you a better idea of the cause of your pelvic pain, but you shouldn't use it to self-diagnose your condition. Always see your GP to get their medical opinion.

For information and advice about pelvic or abdominal pain during pregnancy, see our pages on pelvic pain in pregnancy , Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 28 Nov 2016