Typical causes of hip pain in women include arthritis, tendinitis and bursitis, hernia, gynecological and back issues and hip fractures, according to Everyday Health. Problems in the hip joint mainly cause pain on the inside of the hip. Hip pain on the outer buttock, upper thighs, or outside of the hip usually occur due to problems with ligaments, tendons, muscles or other soft tissues surrounding the hip joint, notes Mayo Clinic.
Arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis, is the primary cause of hip pain in women and mainly affects people as they age. This pain occurs in the groin, due to swelling in the joint. This pain also occurs when tendons, which are the tissues that connect the muscles and the hip joint, become inflamed, such as when participating in vigorous activities. Iliotibial band syndrome is a major cause of tendon inflammation, states Everyday Health
Hernia, such as inguinal and femoral hernias, causes hip pain, particularly in pregnant women, due to the pressure on the abdominal wall. Women can also experience hip pain when the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus, a condition called endometriosis. Hip fractures are also a common cause of hip pain, particularly in older women and those with osteoporosis. It is important to lose weight if overweight, stretch before exercising and talk to a doctor if hip pain persists, says Everyday Health.