Pelvic Pain in Males
Alternate Names : Lower Abdominal Pain, Abdominal Cramping
Pelvic pain refers to any pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen.
What is going on in the body?
Pelvic pain in males is often related to the intestines or urinary tract.
Psychological factors can make the pain seem worse, or even cause a sensation of pain where no physical problem exists.
Pelvic pain can range from mild discomfort or cramping, to severe, intense
pain. This pain may be acute, when it occurs suddenly, or chronic, when the
pain lasts for a long period of time.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
Pelvic pain in males has many causes, including:
pelvic adhesions, which are fibrous bands that hold together parts that are usually separate
sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia
peritonititis, an inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity, usually caused by an infection
urinary tract infection
prostate infection, such as acute
infection of the urethra
hernia, a bulging of internal organs or tissues through an abnormal opening in the muscle wall
testicular torsion, or twisting of the testicles
epididymitis, or inflammation of the tubes that drain the testicles
diverticulosis, in which small sacs form in the walls of the intestines
irritable bowel syndrome, a
disorder of the gastrointestinal tract
gastroenteritis, an infection in the digestive tract
abscess, or pus pocket
appendicitis, or inflammation of the appendix
muscular skeletal disorders, such as a shifting of the pelvic bones
psychological factors like stress
Other causes are also possible. In some cases, the cause is never found.