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Possible Causes of Lower Back and Abdominal Pain

Lower back and abdominal pain in women can range from mild to severe, and may also be accompanied by other possible STD symptoms. For example, when a symptom of STDs - like trichomoniasis, chlamydia or gonorrhea - lower back and abdominal pain may occur alongside abnormal discharge and vaginal discomfort.

Pain in this region is a fairly non-specific symptom which can point to a variety of conditions ranging from STDs to menstrual cramps. Sometimes these symptoms are nothing to worry about, but if the pain and discomfort increases or doesn’t go away, medical attention is required, especially if there is a chance you have been exposed to an STD.

Possible Causes of Lower Back and Abdominal Pain

  • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Chlamydia 
    • Gonorrhea 
    • Trichomoniasis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease: A complication of untreated STDs
  • Cervicitis: An infection of the lower genital tract sometime caused by the STD trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia
  • Endometriosis: An often painful condition where the lining of a woman’s uterus grows on the outside of the uterus
  • Appendicitis: Inflammation and infection of the appendix; pain is usually in the lower right side of the abdomen
  • Urinary tract infection. This infection can cause pelvic pain, as well as the constant need to urinate and painful urination.
  • Menstrual cramps. These dully, achy cramps may occur a week before a woman's cycle or during the cycle.

Diagnosing Lower Back and Abdominal Pain

If you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, STD testing can diagnose pain in the low back and abdominal region. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis testing is available at a local lab or even in the privacy and comfort of your own home. STD and trichomoniasis testing provides a diagnosis and peace of mind within a few days.

If you are not sexually active, a doctor can perform additional tests to determine the cause of symptoms.

Treating Lower Back and Abdominal Pain

When caused by trichomoniasis, chlamydia or other STDs, pain in the abdomen and lower back can be easily treated with antibiotics. A urinary tract infection and pelvic inflammatory disease, a complication from STDs, can also be managed with antibiotics.

This type of pain caused by menstrual cramps can be managed through over-the-counter pain medication and a heating pad. If symptoms are caused by more serious conditions, consult your doctor for treatment options.

Written by Abby Morgan

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