What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is chronic pelvic pain due to varicose veins in the pelvis. If you have chronic pelvic pain, you are not alone. Millions of women worldwide may develop chronic pelvic pain at some time in their life, and the occurrence may be as high as 39.1%. Like varicose veins in the legs, the valves in pelvic varicose veins don’t function properly, causing dilation of the vein and turbulent blood flow, which releases inflammatory factors and triggers pain from adjacent nerves.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome can be difficult to diagnose. In fact, women may suffer from pelvic congestion for years before being diagnosed.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms

Have you had chronic pelvic pain consistently for more than 6 months? If so, you could be suffering from Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.

You may also have:

  • Dull, aching pain in the lower abdomen and lower back
  • Pain is typically worse after intercourse, during menstruation, during pregnancy, and after standing at the end of a long day
  • Varicose veins on the vulva, buttocks, or thighs
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Irritable bladder
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Diagnosis

Like most women, you may have been told that you have pelvic congestion after having had an ultrasound, MRIs, or CAT scans showing abnormal veins. In some cases, pelvic congestion is identified when the varicose veins are seen during other surgeries.

If you have been told that you have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, the diagnosis should be confirmed with a test known as a venogram. At Alate Vein Center, we perform the venogram diagnostic test by injecting dye into the veins and utilizing X-ray imaging to see the dye flow backwards into the varicose veins in the pelvis. Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, if present, can be treated at the same time as the venogram diagnostic test.

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Treating Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Embolization Therapy

At Alate Vein Center, we can treat your Pelvic Congestion Syndrome by embolizing the problem veins, which stops the blood flow. With the use of small catheters, we are able to deliver embolic material or coils to the problem veins. This stops the backward flow in the veins of the pelvis. Our minimally invasive procedures allow patients to recover quickly and go home the same day.

Why Choose Embolization Therapy?

  • Successful in 98% to 100% of all pelvic congestion cases
  • Symptom improvements shown in 70% to 85% of women
  • Relief is quick, occurring within two to four weeks after treatment
  • Safer and less invasive than surgery

If you have been suffering from pelvic pain and have been diagnosed with pelvic congestion, call Alate Vein Center for a free consultation today.