Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Guide to Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Pelvic congestion syndrome… big words—what is it?
Pelvic pain can be attributed to all sorts of things, and over 33% of women will experience pelvic pain in their lifetimes. Among these things, Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is just one of the many causes of what is called ovarian, or pelvic dilatation. This means it’s characterized by the occlusion of veins in the pelvic area.
If your pelvic pain worses when you’re sitting or standing, but get’s better when you’re lying down, your doctor should consider Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS).
Symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
• A dull ache in the lower back/abdominal area—perhaps even a throbbing pain that goes away when you lie down
• A dull ache that get’s worse around your menstrual period
• Irritable bowel syndrome and incontinence
• Varicose veins in the lower front pelvic area, inner thighs, outer thighs
The causes of PCS remain unclear, but pregnancy is considered to be one of the main causes. When the body undergoes pregnancy, there are various structural changes the pelvis goes through—this may place strain on the veins near the area. Moreover, fluids and blood starts to collect in the pelvic area. This, along with the hormonal imbalances and extra estrogen could weaken the vascular walls in this region.
Diagnosis of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Considering the causes of PCS are still relatively unknown, diagnosis is rather difficult. It usually takes several different tries for a doctor to safely diagnose this condition. Some of these techniques include:
• Ct scan
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
• Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV)
Treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
This condition is treated by two minimally invasive procedures. The first is called
• Ovarian Vein Embolization- A catheter is guided to the ovarian veins and a synthetic agent is used to close the veins.
• Sclerotherapy- Similarly, a catheter is guided into the ovarian veins and a foam is injected to the veins in order to seal them
Post-Treatment & Recovery from Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Killing the ovarian veins is a simple treatment that improves the condition of almost every patient that has PCS. See your doctor today to schedule an appointment.