Treat Your Chronic Pelvic Pain
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS) is a result of varicose veins in your pelvis and occurs when the valves in the veins no longer function normally. As blood accumulates in the veins, which have become stretched and engorged, pain occurs. This chronic condition often results in a constant dull ache which can be aggravated by standing.
Symptoms and Risk Factors
Chronic pelvic pain associated with PCS is often felt in the lower abdomen and/or lower back. The pain can increase during menstrual periods, during or following intercourse, when tired or when standing for long periods of time and during pregnancy. Symptoms frequently don't appear until a woman becomes pregnant and then they fail to resolve afterward.
- Irritable bladder
- Abnormal menstrual bleeding
- Vaginal discharge
- Varicose veins on vulva and/or thigh
Risk Factors for Pelvic Venous Congestion
- Family history of varicose veins
How is PCS Diagnosed?
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome can be difficult to diagnose. Often times, the condition is diagnosed with CT, MRI or Ultrasound.
How is PCS Treated?
There are a number of treatment options for PCS. At CDI Vascular Care, we specialize in non-surgical embolization.
Your gynecologist or provider can prescribe hormonal medications to reduce blood flow and congestion of the varicose veins. If these are ineffective, then a minimally-invasive procedure should be considered.
This non-surgical treatment blocks the blood flow to help alleviate your PCS symptoms. During this procedure, the interventional radiologist inserts a thin catheter into a blood vessel through a small nick in the skin. The catheter is threaded under X-ray guidance to the veins that need to be treated. The abnormal veins are treated with medication and/or a device designed to block blood flow, causing the veins to shrink and eventually disappear. In most cases, this procedure can alleviate your symptoms without the risk and recovery of more invasive procedures such as a hysterectomy or other surgical procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
If you believe you have PCS, don't wait any longer to learn if embolization is the answer for you. Complete the form below to request a consultation with CDI Vascular Care, or get in touch with us at 952-738-4477.