6 Surprising, Common Causes Of Pelvic Pain You Should Know

Woman having painful stomachache, chronic gastritis or abdomen bloating
By Isadora Baum | Originally Published February 20, 2018 on Prevention | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

If you start to feel pain in the lower part of your abdomen and pelvis, and it hurts to pee or have sex, you could have an underlying medical issue. A wide range of conditions can cause vaginal and pelvic pain, so it’s important to get checked out if you suffer from discomfort that doesn’t seem to go away. Unless treated, these conditions can worsen and become debilitating.

Though you’ll need to see a doctor to get to the root of your specific problem, here are some common causes of pelvic pain you should keep in mind:


“Your estrogen levels plummet within the first 48 hours after giving birth,” says Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN, women’s health expert and author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period. At the same time, your body increases production of the hormone prolactin to stimulate milk production for breastfeeding. Why is this hormonal shift a problem? Estrogen helps keep the vagina naturally lubricated, so when levels are low, it can cause vaginal dryness and low libido. And, the dryness can lead to pelvic pain during sex. “The friction in the vagina caused by the penis can be intolerable if there isn’t the vagina’s normal mechanism to get wet with sex,” Ross says. “Treatment usually involves time, patience, and a little K-Y jelly.” (Buy K-Y Jelly for $6.79 on amazon.com.)

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