Up to 25% of women of childbearing age suffer from chronic pelvic pain. For men, this percentage is somewhat lower.
There are numerous organs in the pelvis in a confined space: bladder, urethra, rectum, vagina, etc. All organs can become inflamed by bacteria, for example, causing clearly defined and distinguishable clinical pictures.
But there are pains that are far less well describable, but are nonetheless agonizing. These are chronic symptoms with little tendency to improve, which can originate in various organs and lead to a similar clinical picture known as chronic urogenital pain or "chronic pelvic pain".