Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Pelvic venous insufficiency, commonly referred to as pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS), is a misunderstood condition that causes chronic pelvic pain. It may be difficult to diagnose during a routine physical examination.
PCS is the result of varicose or enlarged veins within the pelvis. The valves within the veins become weak and do not close properly, which causes the blood to flow backward into the vein and pool there, enlarging them and causing pressure or pain. Approximately 15% of all women have this condition, which is thought to be the result of pregnancy and/or estrogen, which can weaken veins in the pelvis and cause them to widen.
PCS symptoms can range from mild pain and discomfort to disabling pain that interferes with work, normal activities and quality of life. Pain medication may be prescribed for PCS. If symptoms are more severe, women with PCS may benefit from a simple, fast and minimally invasive procedure known as ovarian vein embolization which is offered at Imaging Healthcare Specialists in Southern California.