You may have always thought that varicose veins only affected your legs; however, varicose veins can also affect women in a much less obvious place. A condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome involves varicose veins that form in the pelvic region and around the ovaries. As veins begin to bulge deep inside a woman’s body, they can cause uncomfortable symptoms that are chronic and troublesome.
To fully understand pelvic congestion syndrome and how it might affect you, you must recognize the symptoms that can be caused by problem veins in your pelvis.
What are Symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?
If you have pelvic congestion syndrome, you will begin to experience symptoms that will not go away. You may have a dull ache in your pelvic region that is caused by the pressure of the varicose veins pressing in on your bladder, uterus, and ovaries. The pain may become sharp at times and it tends to get worse as the day goes on, especially if you have been on your feet for a long time. Your condition may worsen during sexual intimacy or after you have been intimate.
Lying down may help you to find some relief. The ache in your pelvic area is often accompanied by a backache or you may experience pain in your legs. Pelvic congestion syndrome can cause bloating and make you extremely uncomfortable. Irregular vaginal bleeding is another typical symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome.
How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Diagnosed?
It’s important that you pay attention to your symptoms and see a doctor like Dr. Almeida if they persist. Some symptoms may be mistaken for the issues that affect many women during their menstrual cycle, but if you notice an ache in your pelvic region that can’t be explained, see Dr. Almeida. He will consider your symptoms and perform an examination. If no obvious reason can be found for your symptoms, further testing will be advised.
How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Treated?
To relieve the pain in your pelvis, Dr. Almeida can prescribe anti-inflammatory medication for pain. You can also have procedures performed to block the flow of blood to your varicose veins in your pelvic region. Once blood flow to problem veins stops, you should begin to feel relief from your symptoms.
Talk to Our Doctor About Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
If you have been experiencing the symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome, make an appointment today to see Dr. Almeida at the Miami Vein Center in Miami, Florida. It’s important that you make sure you don’t have any other type of problem going on. If there is no visible problem with your vagina and no sign of any other type of medical condition, he can help you find answers. You shouldn’t live in pain. Let Dr. Almeida, a board certified vascular surgeon, and his team help you deal with pelvic congestion syndrome.