If you are suffering from chronic pelvic pain, you may have Pelvic Venous Congestion Syndrome and require medical treatment.

What causes Pelvic Venous Congestion Syndrome (PVCS)?

Pelvic Venous Congestion Syndrome is a common cause of chronic pelvic pain. It is caused by dilation of veins within the ovaries (or testicular veins) due to valve failure of obstruction of flow. In the same ways as varicose veins on the legs, blood can pool due to a loss of vein elasticity and function. This can cause enlarged veins that appear around the vagina in women or testes in men, inner thigh or buttock.

The risk of PVCS increases after pregnancy.

Symptoms of PVCS

You may be suffering from Pelvic Venous Congestion Syndrome if you experience three or more of these symptoms:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary urgency
  • Frequent need for urination during sleep
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful legs and pelvis related to your period (menstruation)
  • Painful legs and pelvis exacerbated by pregnancy
  • Varicose veins in the vulva
  • Recurring varicose veins in the leg
  • Pain in the thighs and buttocks
  • A dragging feeling in the pelvis
  • A sense of fullness or heaviness in the legs
  • Irritable bowel

How is PVCS diagnosed?

Here at Vein Doctors Group, we offer high-resolution ultrasound-guided examinations to confirm Pelvic Venous Congestion Syndrome.