As the name suggests, the primary symptom of pelvic pain is pain in the lower abdomen. This pain can be either acute (meaning it is sudden and severe) or chronic (meaning it lasts for six months, and either comes and goes or remains constant). There are six types of pelvic pain that women with this condition usually describe:
- Localized pain, due to inflammation.
- Colicky pain, caused by a spasm in a soft organ—for example, the intestine, ureter or appendix.
- Sudden onset of pain, due to a temporary blood supply deficiency due to an obstruction in the circulation of the blood.
- Slowly developing pain, due to an intestinal obstruction or an inflammation of the appendix.
- Pain involving the entire abdomen, due to an accumulation of pus, blood or intestinal contents.
- Pain aggravated by movement or pain during examination, stemming from an irritation of the abdominal lining.