The pelvis

The pelvis

The pelvis is the area in the lower part of the tummy (abdomen) between the hips. It contains:

  • the lower end of the large bowel (the colon, rectum and anus) and part of the small bowel (see diagram below)
  • the sexual organs
  • lymph nodes (glands)
  • the pelvic bones.
The large bowel and rectum
The large bowel and rectum

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In men the sexual organs in the pelvis are the; prostate gland, testicles, penis and bladder (see diagram).

The male pelvic area
The male pelvic area

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In women the sexual organs are the; ovaries, fallopian tubes, womb (uterus), cervix and vagina (see diagram below).

The female pelvic area
The female pelvic area

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Fertility and pelvic radiotherapy

Pelvic radiotherapy can affect your fertility. This can be distressing but getting the right support can help you to find ways of coping.