Groin Pain

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  • Pain when groin is pressed

  • Groin hurts

  • Groin hurts when pressed

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Groin pain refers to pain or discomfort in the area where the abdomen ends and the legs begin.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Groin swelling on standing

  • Abdominal pain

  • Pelvic pain

Possible causes

  • Functional dysmenorrhea

    Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for period pains. It can be divided into primary or secondary. Primary or functional dysmenorrhea is the common menses cramps/pain that come recur and is not due to other diseases. Secondary dysmenorhea is due to problems with the reproductive system. Functional dysmenorrhea is usually diagnosed only after other investigations (e.g. ultrasound) do not find any abnormalities responsible for the pain.

  • Ovarian cyst

    Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs in the ovary or on it's surface. The main causes include hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, endometriosis, and pelvic infections.

  • Cancer pain

    Cancer pain can occur as cancer grows into or destroys surrounding bone and tissue. As the cancer grows, it can press on surrounding nerves, bones and organs which can cause pain. The tumor can also release chemicals that can cause pain.

  • Endometriosis
  • Round ligament pain

  • Inguinal hernia
  • Genital herpes

Related serious diseases

  • Incarcerated inguinal hernia

    An incarcerated inguinal hernia is a hernia of small or large intestine which gets stuck in the groin or scrotum because of swelling and cannot be pushed back into the abdomen. It can lead to a strangulated hernia, in which the blood supply to the intestine in the hernia gets cut off causing complications.

  • Acute appendicitis
  • Iliopsoas abscess

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you have groin pain?

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References

  • de Sa D, Hölmich P, Phillips M, Heaven S, Simunovic N, Philippon MJ, Ayeni OR. Athletic groin pain: a systematic review of surgical diagnoses, investigations and treatment. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Oct;50(19):1181-6. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095137. Epub 2016 May 6. PMID: 27153868.

    https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/50/19/1181

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