Pain in the lower abdomen can be caused by a bacterial, parasitic or viral infection. The pain can also be due to a UTI (urinary tract infection), but it is best to check your symptoms and what caused the condition to determine the most effective natural remedy for the pain that you are experiencing.
Lower abdominal pain, or pain localized in the area just below your belly button, can go away on its own if it is caused by common conditions such as constipation, diarrhea, stress-related pain or stomach flu.
But if your abdominal pain is recurring or doesn't go away after a couple of days, you might need to consult a natural health practitioner. The problem may be linked to conditions that affect vital organs in your abdomen like your appendix, gall bladder, intestines, kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen or stomach.
If you experience excruciating lower abdominal pain, pass bloody urine or start vomiting blood, seek medical attention immediately.
Men with UTIs may experience pain between the rectum and scrotum, along with dribbling, leakage or a slow stream when urinating.
Other causes of lower abdominal pain
Pain in the lower abdomen may occur because of an infection or inflammation.
Pain that is localized may be caused by a problem with a specific organ. Meanwhile, more widespread pain may have vague symptoms.
Below are the other possible causes of lower abdominal pain.
Genital herpes causes pain in the abdomen or genital area before you experience other symptoms. An outbreak may cause blisters that ooze fluid and eventually scab over. There is no cure for genital herpes and medication only treats outbreaks.
Kidney stones are painful, particularly as your body tries to eliminate them through your urinary tract. Symptoms include pain while urinating, discolored urine (because of infection) and a fever.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is the infection of the female reproductive tract. PID is often caused by a sexually transmitted infection (e.g., chlamydia or gonorrhea). Symptoms include lower abdominal pain, irregular periods, foul-smelling vaginal discharge and pain during intercourse.
Urethral stricture occurs when the opening of the urethra is narrowed and restricts the flow of urine. Urethral stricture is caused by inflammation or scar tissue from an injury, surgery or a catheter.
Other issues that cause lower abdominal pain include appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, fibroids, a hernia, intestinal obstruction or ovarian cysts.
Determining the cause of lower abdominal pain
A physician can run tests to determine what infection or condition is causing lower abdominal pain. If you have a UTI, testing will include palpating the abdomen to determine the source of pain and swelling. A urinalysis will determine which bacteria are present.
Other conditions require further testing. Blood, urine or stool samples can determine if your problem is bacterial, parasitic or viral in nature.