Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is the term given to a set of symptoms caused by failure of normal veins within the pelvis of women. It is most frequently present in women who have had several pregnancies. During each pregnancy, the veins draining blood from the womb become enlarged. In some they don't return to normal after the birth of the baby and blood pools in the veins within the pelvis. It is often assumed to be a normal consequence following pregnancy and with increasing age. As a result it is often over looked or brushed aside as part of life by both the patient and their doctors. However, it is a real and significant abnormality that can be treated with good benefit to the sufferer, and improved symptoms can make a huge impact in the patients quality of life.
The symptoms are a dull, heavy, sometimes throbbing, pain in the pelvis and intimate area. Sometimes associated pain during sex and can be worse in the premenstrual period, before the period starts. Periods are often heavy. The symptoms can become progressively worse during the day, particularly after prolonged standing, lifting and carrying. There are commonly leg varicose veins that are fed from veins in the inner thigh and from behind.
There are other causes for these symptoms not related to previous pregnancy but to areas of vein compression. Vascular Specialists make a detailed evaluation of symptoms which, with clinical examination and appropriate investigation, can accurately diagnose the condition and enable treatment to be initiated.
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