“Menstrual pain, UTI, pelvic inflammatory disease, and appendicitis are the causes of lower right abdominal pain in women.”
Hellodoc, Jakarta – Stomach pain in women can be caused by several different conditions, ranging from minor infections to intestinal disorders. Most lower abdominal pain in women is not a sign of a serious condition, but if it is very bothersome it needs medical attention.
The lower abdomen refers to the part of the abdomen below the navel. Pain in that area may also be referred to as pelvic pain. More information about the causes of lower right abdominal pain can be read here!
Causes of Lower Right Stomach Pain
A woman’s lower abdomen has two main organs, including the uterus and part of the intestines. Here are some possible causes of abdominal pain in the lower right in women:
1. Menstrual Pain
Menstrual pain is usually a cramping, dull or tight pain in the middle of the lower abdomen. This condition sometimes spreads further into the lower back where it can cause discomfort. Usually, this condition can be treated easily with a hot compress or painkiller such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
2. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Urinary tract infections can cause lower abdominal pain in women. UTIs can also cause other symptoms, such as a burning sensation when you urinate, or frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate.
Minor urinary tract infections such as cystitis often go away on their own if you drink a lot of fluids. However, more persistent UTIs may require a short course of antibiotics so your doctor may need to prescribe them.
More severe UTIs can affect the kidneys, and can cause low back pain on one or both sides. As a result, this condition makes you feel unwell which is sometimes accompanied by flu-like symptoms.
3. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Infections of the reproductive system can affect the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Untreated reproductive tract infections can become very serious and cause long-term problems that need to be treated by a doctor.
This type of infection is often caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Pain during sex, spotting or discoloration, foul-smelling vaginal discharge can be other symptoms of an STI, or infection of the reproductive system.
The lower right abdomen contains the portion of the intestine where the small intestine meets the large intestine. The appendix is the small part of the intestine found where the intestines join, and this can sometimes become inflamed, swollen, and infected. Appendicitis is a painful bowel disorder that causes intense right lower abdominal pain.
When Sick Need to See a Doctor?
As mentioned earlier, lower right abdominal pain is generally not serious. However, it is necessary to be checked if you experience symptoms of severe abdominal pain.
You need to see a doctor if lower right abdominal pain is accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
- A feeling of pressure in the chest.
- Pain in the chest, jaw, neck, or arms.
- Hard to breathe.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing.
- Blood in vomit or stool.
- Continuous nausea and vomiting.
- White skin or eyes that appear yellow.
- Severe pain when touching the stomach.
- Unusual swelling of the abdomen.
- Persistent loss of appetite.
- Unusual weight loss
If you experience unbearable pain in the lower right abdomen, don’t delay, immediately make a medical appointment at the nearest hospital via the application Hellodoc. Come on, download Hellodoc now also on the Apps Store and Google Play.
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