Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Does chronic pelvic pain keep you from fully living?

Many women expect some pelvic pain with menstruation and pregnancy, but if you’ve experienced chronic pain for 6 months or longer, you may have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. The Vascular Experts Florida has all the diagnostic tools and treatments needed to understand and address the condition.

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Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting Dr. Vargas at The Vascular Experts Florida for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS) is caused by the development of varicose veins in the pelvic region and may affect up to 30% of women, especially those who’ve been pregnant previously. The structural change of a woman’s pelvis during pregnancy, the increase in fluid volume, and the uptick in estrogen levels can all impact vessel wall integrity. Blood pools in the veins or backflows as valves are damaged, resulting in pelvic varicose veins and venous congestion.  

PCS is more likely in women 20 to 50 years old, and symptoms include:

  • Chronic lower back and/or pelvic pain for 6 months or longer
  • Increased menstrual pain
  • Increased pelvic pain while standing, in the evenings, or during/after intercourse
  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding and vaginal discharge
  • Varicose veins on the vulva, buttocks, and thighs

What Treatment Options for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Are Available?

Symptoms may be relieved by medications, such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and chronic pain management, but these don’t address the underlying cause. Dr. Lina Vargas at The Vascular Experts Florida strongly believes the most effective treatment for PCS is endovascular management that may include evaluation and treatment of areas or venous compression and/or pelvic vein embolization, a minimally-invasive procedure to remove the varicose veins in the pelvis directly. Dr. Vargas can evaluate the veins in your pelvis with dye as well as with intravascular ultrasound to identify the presence of compression of venous structures that may lead to downstream congestion. Venous stents may be used to relieve this kind of compression and coils can be placed to occlude varicosities and dysfunctional veins in your pelvis. Sclerosing agents may also be used to collapse the veins. Your blood flow is rerouted to healthier vessels, and your pain diminishes as the diseased vessels are absorbed by the body.

What Results Will I See?

Most patients experience a complete reduction of symptoms, and those who still have pain report it is greatly diminished. This is a significant decrease in the severity of the condition.

Is There Any Downtime?

There is no downtime with medication. Patients who undergo pelvic vein embolization can expect pelvic cramps for a few days followed by a 1-2 week recovery period. As the varicose veins are absorbed, improvement continues over the next few months.

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