Though we’ve all heard of the appendix and know that it basically serves no useful function except to be removed, many people would be hard pressed to pinpoint its exact location in the body. Even though pain in the lower pelvis alerts people to the possibility of appendicitis, it actually occurs on the right side and is frequently accompanied by vomiting, fever, and pain.
But appendicitis is by no means the sole cause of pain on the right side. Other causes of pain in the lower right side of the pelvis could be due to an ovarian cyst that has ruptured or pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection that can occur in any part of the female reproductive system. The most common form of PID is caused by gonorrhea. When the pain occurs on the lower left side of the abdomen, cysts, a PID, or an intestinal problem such as irritable bowel syndrome may be the cause. If you are still menstruating and the pain on either side occurs in the middle of your cycle, you could have a condition called mittelschmertz, when pain is caused by an egg in one of your ovaries maturing.
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