9 Causes of Abdominal Pain in Older Women

By March 29, 2019December 29th, 2020No Comments
Healthy LivingPreventive Care



Menopause in women is the end of their menstrual cycle, which happens when a woman misses her period for at least 12 months. The average age for menopause is 45 to 55 years, but sometimes it may appear as early as 40 years. Cramps after menopause, swelling of the abdomen and constipation are few symptoms of pain in the abdomen. Older women after menopause may have such gynaecologic disorders including benign or malignant tumors and pelvic adhesions.

Ovarian Cysts

Ovaries are the part of female reproductive system. They are located in lower abdomen on both the sides of the uterus. A fluid-filled sac called as cyst gets developed on the ovaries. Most of the women develop at least one cyst during their lifetime. These cysts are painless and have no symptoms. Follicle Cysts, Corpus Lutem Cysts are types of Ovarian cysts. Ovarian cysts usually disappear in a few months but can cause complications if they don’t.


These are abnormal growths that develop on women’s uterus. These non-cancerous tumors are large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods. It is believed that each tumor forms an abnormal muscle cell in the uterus which multiplies rapidly because of the influence of estrogen.


It is a painful disorder in which the tissue which usually lining the inside of uterus grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis often involves ovaries, fallopian tubes and tissue lining around the pelvis. In this condition, endometrial tissue thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle, as there is no other exit to the body it becomes trapped. It causes severe pain, especially during periods.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stone also known as Nephrolithiasis in medical terms. It is one of the generic conditions which leads to severe abdominal pain. When hard deposits of minerals and acid salts combine in concentrated urine it forms a kidney stone. When the stone passes through the urinary tract it causes severe pain which may lead to nausea, however, it doesn’t cause permanent damage.

Food Poisoning

One of the common causes of abdominal pain is poisoning which occurs due to illness caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites or toxins consumed through contaminated water or food. Pathogens are usually found on almost all food that we consume, however cooking food kills the pathogens. Poisoning in food can also be caused by raw food as they are uncooked.


Dysuria is the medical term for pain or discomfort while urinating. Mostly burning sensation, it is caused by burning in urinary tract. It is also a common symptom of a bladder infection. Often the infection starts when the bacteria enter the opening of glands (urthera) during sexual intercourse. These bacteria may also enter the urthera of women when they wipe with tissue from back to front. Once entered a women’s urthera traveling to bladder doesn’t take time.

Bladder Infection

Most often caused by bacterial infection within the bladder. Our bladder is an important organ for the function of urine, as a hollow organ it stores urine in the lower abdomen. The muscles in the bladder helps in storing the urine for the appropriate amount of time. It is a type of urinary tract infections (UTI), which is caused by bacteria entering through urethra.

Stomach Ulcers

They are the sores in the lining of the stomach or small intestine. They occur when the proactive mucus which lines the stomach becomes ineffective. The stomach produces an acid to digest food and protect against microbes. To protect the tissue from the body from this acid, it also secretes a thick layer called mucus. When the mucus layer is worn away and stops functioning effectively, the acid can damage tissue causing ulcer.


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