Chronic pelvic pain is any pain in the pelvic region that usually lasts six months or more. The pain can be either continuous or intermittent. It can be a dull ache or it can be sharp and cramping, and it ranges from mild and annoying to pain so intense that it interferes with work, sleep, exercise, and other activities of daily life.
The pain may be especially bad during sexual intercourse or when performing certain motions, like having a bowel movement or sitting down. The discomfort may increase after standing for long periods, and lying down may provide relief.
Gynecologic problems, gastrointestinal disorders, and urologic conditions can cause chronic pelvic pain. Psychological factors can also contribute to the pain.