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What is Pelvis?

The pelvis is also known as the bony pelvis or pelvic girdle. It is a complex bone which is basin-shaped that connects the trunk and the legs. It provides balance and support to the trunk and also supports the intestine, intestinal organ and internals sex organs. In simple words, the pelvis is the part between the abdomen and thigh bone (femur). If we speak about pelvis anatomy, the pelvis is made of three bones ilium (which accounts for the width of the hips), The ischium (behind and below on which weight falls during sitting), and pubis in the front. All these unite to form triangular structures in the acetabulum. The cup-shaped socket formed by the hip joint helps to attach femur the thigh bones.


Pelvis Diagram


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Parts of the Pelvis 

Let us discuss some of the important parts of the pelvis are :

  • Sacrum: It is also known as sacral vertebra. It is a shield-shaped bone located at the base of the vertebrae. Sacrum imparts strength and stability to the pelvis and also forms the posterior wall.

  • Tail bone: It is also known as the coccyx. The tail bone is the small triangular shape which hardly looks like a tail. The coccyx is the last segment of the vertebral column and it also provides support for weight and helps in the movement.

  • Hip bones: It consists of three parts- Pubis, ilium, and ischium. All these three bones are separated by triradiate cartilage before puberty. These three bones start to fuse with each other at the age of 15-16. 

Structure of Female Pelvis:

There are some of the structural differences between male and female pelvis anatomy. The female pelvis is designed in such a way that it provides enough space for the baby to develop. And pass through the birth canal of the female pelvis. Due to this reason, the female pelvis is generally broader and wider than the male pelvis. The majority of women have gynaecoid pelvis and male have an android pelvis. Rather than bony differences, the sacrotuberous and sacrospinous ligaments can stretch the size under the influence of progesterone. 


Types of Pelvis 

Pelvis shape widely varies in females. The shape of the pelvis decides whether a person can give birth vaginally or not. The four general types of pelvis are:

  • Gynecoid: It is the most common pelvis shape found in females and it favours for the vaginal birth. Other shapes like android and platypelloid face more difficulty in vaginal birth. It is also known as the genuine female pelvis.

  • Android: android pelvis have heart-shaped brim with narrow shape in the front. This type of pelvis is found in tall women with narrow hips and also in African women. 

  • Anthropoid: Anthropoid pelvis has an oval-shaped brim with a slightly narrow pelvic cavity. In this the outlet is large but some of the diameters are reduced.

  • Platypelloid: The platypelloid pelvis has a kidney-shaped brim and it may be tapered in diameter from front to back. In this, there's only a problem for the baby while entering the pelvis.

Functions of the Pelvis 

Pelvis plays a number of roles in the human body. Some of the important functions are discussed below-

  • To transfer the weight from the upper skeleton to the lower component of the skeleton mainly during movement.

  • It helps to join the number of muscles and ligaments used during locomotion.

  • It protects the abdominopelvic and pelvic viscera.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Where is the Pelvis Located in the Human Body?

Answer. Pelvis responsible for supporting upper body weight is located in the middle part of the human body. It is located between the lumbar region of the vertebral column and thighs inferiorly. It helps to transfer upper body weight to the lower limbs.

2. Why is Pelvic Pain Worse at Night?

Answer. Pelvic pain and lower back pain during pregnancy is usually caused due to the misalignment of the bones and ligaments. In the case of pelvic girdle pain, many women find it worse at night because buttock muscles are not very active at night time as they are resting. Buttock muscle helps to stabilize spine and pelvis pain. Pain also depends on the position of sleeping.

3. Why Do Pelvic Pains While Walking?

Answer. The pain caused between the belly bottom and thighs is known as pelvis pain. This pain could be caused due to affect in the musculoskeletal system, digestive system and reproductive system. Some of the people experience this pain for lifetime and in some cases this increases during walking. In some of the conditions, this type of pain can be prevented by staying physically active and including fibres in the diet.

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