Pelvic pain can point to a number of different conditions, including nerve irritation, digestive concerns, problems with the reproductive organs, or even pregnancy complications. Of course, not all pelvic pain is of immediate concern, as it could be normal menstrual cramps or a simple pulled muscle.

You know your body. If your pelvic pain is located on just one side and is causing you concern, it’s smart to reach out to an expert, like those on our team at Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland.

Here’s what to know about one-sided pelvic pain and when you should consider scheduling a consultation.

When to be concerned about pelvic pain

If you’re experiencing persistent or worsening one-sided pelvic pain, it’s time to schedule an appointment at our office. However, don’t wait for an appointment and get immediate medical attention instead if you experience:

  • Severe pain or sudden onset of intense discomfort
  • Vaginal bleeding outside of your menstrual cycle
  • Fever or chills
  • Dizziness or fainting

These symptoms could be signs of a serious complication like appendicitis, a miscarriage, or a ruptured ovarian cyst. 

Potential causes of one-sided pelvic pain

Pelvic pain localized to one side can result from various sources, including the reproductive organs, gastrointestinal tract, urinary system, or musculoskeletal structures. Identifying the underlying cause is crucial for timely intervention and effective management. 

Potential reasons for your pain are:

Menstrual cycle 

Ovulation, the natural part of the menstrual cycle when eggs are released from the ovaries, can cause mild discomfort on one side of the pelvis. This pain doesn’t usually persist.

Reproductive health issues

Conditions such as ovarian cysts, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can cause one-sided pelvic pain. If you experience irregular bleeding, pain during intercourse, or changes in bowel habits, reach out to our office for an evaluation.

Ectopic pregnancy

One-sided pelvic pain, especially when it’s associated with vaginal bleeding and dizziness, could indicate an ectopic pregnancy. This develops when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. It’s a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention to prevent complications.

Gastrointestinal causes

Your pelvic pain may not have to do with your female reproductive organs. Disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may show up as pelvic pain. 

If we find that digestive symptoms are your primary complaint and gynecological exams show no evidence of a problem, we may refer you to a trusted gastroenterologist in the area. 

Urinary tract issues

Infections or kidney stones can cause one-sided pelvic pain. If you experience pain during urination, changes in urine color, or persistent urgency, we can examine your urinary tract health and recommend a urologist if you need their specialized care.

Occasional pelvic discomfort may be a normal part of a woman’s life, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore all pelvic pain. 

Don’t hesitate to request an appointment at Capital Women’s Care if you have one-sided pelvic pain that’s causing you concern. We ensure that you receive the care and attention you deserve.