Lower Abdominal Pain

Lower abdominal pain is usually associated with digestive tract problems; however, it may also be related to other conditions.

The pain in the lower abdomen may also signify problems with the reproductive organs, urinary tract, blood vessels, skin, or body wall. The area may be rigid or tender to touch. Pain may also be mild or severe. Severe pain in the area is often a symptom of conditions such as: bowel perforation, bowel obstruction, appendicitis, or inflammation. In women, it may result from pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cyst rupture, twisting of the ovary. Men may experience pain in the lower abdomen due to injury or testicular torsion. Pain that is crampy may be because of endometriosis, menstrual cramps, infection or inflammation, indigestion, or gas.