Lower abdominal pain in women

Lower abdominal pain in women should be suspected pelvic inflammatory disease (see pelvic inflammatory disease).

A pelvic examination should be routinely performed:

– Inspection of the vulva and speculum examination looking for purulent discharge or inflammation of the cervix or vagina,


– Abdominal palpation and touch pelvic looking for a pain in cervical motion.

What to do

* Search another cause (urinary or gastrointestinal disease in particular).

** Suspect pathology on pregnancy (threatened abortion, ectopic pregnancy) or a complication (peritonitis, pelvic abscess).


Editor-in-chief of the Medical Actu website; general practitioner graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Algiers in 2005 currently practicing as a liberal.

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