When you think of vein problems, it’s likely that you think of problems associated with the legs. While symptoms of vein disease are most common in the legs, there can also be symptoms elsewhere in the body, such as the pelvic area. For women, damaged valves in the pelvic region can cause severe pain. At Vein and Body Specialists, our team of board-certified radiologists help women suffering with pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) caused by venous conditions. If you live in Bellevue, Sandusky, Fremont or Norwalk, Ohio, call us for relief today.
What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS)?
Pelvic pain in women is commonly caused by venous problems, such as varicose veins in the pelvis. Pelvic congestion syndrome, or PCS, is characterized by the presence of varicose veins in the pelvic region. When PCS is present, you may feel a constant achy feeling in the buttocks or pelvis, accompanied by pressure and heaviness.
What Causes Pelvic Pain Or Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?
When the valves in veins become damaged or weak, the blood pools in the areas of the body with damaged veins and causes dilation and enlargement of the veins. In PCS, these varicose veins form around the vagina, uterus, vulva and fallopian tubes. Women with PCS feel the pressure, heaviness and pain associated with varicose veins around the entire pelvic region, which is extremely uncomfortable.
What Are The Symptoms Of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?
Symptoms of this condition include:
- Achiness, heaviness and numbness in the pelvic region
- Swelling of the vagina and/or vulva
- Visible varicose veins
- Abnormal menstruation
- Tenderness in the lower abdomen
- Pain during sexual intercourse or menstrual periods
- Lower back pain
Who Is At Risk For Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?
The risk factors associated with PCS include:
- Age between 20 and 45
- Multiple pregnancies
- Polycystic ovaries
- Hormonal irregularities
How is PCS treated?
Often misdiagnosed, PCS can be difficult to pinpoint because of its many possible symptoms. However, by using our state-of-the-art technology and diagnostic techniques, we can determine if vein disease is at the root of your pain. Once the vein disease is determined, our specialists will devise a personalized plan possibly involving our safe, effective vein treatment options.
If you have pelvic pain and have yet to find treatment that works, it may be misdiagnosed pelvic congestion syndrome. The board-certified radiologists at Vein and Body Specialists can diagnose and treat PCS for residents of Bellevue, Sandusky, Fremont, Norwalk and the surrounding communities in Ohio. You can trust our caring board-certified radiologists and staff members to treat you with the highest level of care and technology available. Contact us today to schedule a pelvic pain consultation.