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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry answers a viewers question about an unpleasant part of her pregnancy. The woman shares that during her third trimester she would get shooting, radiating pains down in her "lady parts." She heard it's called "lightning crotch," and she wants to know what's the deal!
Dr. Nita explains this sharp, sudden pain in the vaginal region can occur for a number of reasons. During pregnancy, it could be a result of contractions. As the baby grows, it could move and impinge on nerves in the pelvic region, also causing this pain. There is also something called round ligament pain, which is very common, especially in the second trimester. Women will say they have lower ab pain and shooting pain toward the vagina, and this is because the uterus is attached to the groin region by the round ligament and as it grows and stretches the nerves around it get irritation.
Women who aren't pregnant can also experience "lightning crotch." This could be caused by endometriosis, a chronic condition, or ovulation. There is also one serious condition which is a gynecological emergency, called an ovarian torsion, where the ovaries twist over and cut off the blood supply.