Updated: August 20, 2019
Varicose veins are perhaps most well known for being seen on the legs and causing swelling and pain in the legs. Many would be surprised to know that varicose veins may also be found in the pelvic area, causing pain in the groin. This can happen in both men and women alike, however they may cause varying symptoms.
Groin Pain in Women Caused by Veins
Women that develop varicose veins in the pelvis area suffer from a condition called pelvic congestion syndrome. The veins in the pelvis become enlarged, pooling blood within the veins. The pain is typically a heavy and aching feeling in the pelvis that may be sharp and lasts longer than 6 months. The pain may be on both sides, but is often times found only on one side and is more common on the left. Some women may experience additional symptoms, such as pain prior to and during the menstrual cycle, urgency with urinating, visible tortuous veins on the buttocks, vulva, or thighs. Pelvic congestion syndrome is much more common in women of childbearing age and women who have had more than one child.
Groin Pain in Men Caused by Veins
Men that develop varicose veins in the pelvis area suffer from a condition called a varicocele. The veins within the scrotum, which is the pouch that contains the testicles, can become engorged with pooling blood in the veins. Both sides of the scrotum may be affected, but most commonly the left side. The symptoms associated with a varicocele are a dull ache within the scrotum that usually worsens with standing, activity, and hot weather. The best way to alleviate symptoms is through lying down. There are some instances where this may cause reduced fertility or infertility, but is less common. Unlike women, there do not seem to be any particular risk factors that may cause a male to develop varicoceles.
Symptoms of Vein related Goin Pain
If you have symptoms of varicocele or pelvic congestion syndrome and want to find a solution to your daily pain, speak with your doctor about treatment options that may be best suited for your diagnosis, medical history, and goals of treatment.
How are Varicose Veins in the Groin Treated?
There are treatment options for both men and women that suffer from varicose veins in the groin. Treatment is typically aimed at those with symptoms, as there are some individuals with the above syndromes that do not have any symptoms. For men, treatment options include surgery to correct the defect within the veins or an embolization procedure, which scars the vein preventing further blood flow. For women, treatment may include surgery to remove the pelvic organs, such as the uterus, certain hormones to treat pain, surgery to correct the veins, or embolization.
Contact Our Office Today
If you have been suffering from groin pain and you think varicose veins are to blame, make an appointment with our board certified surgeon at the Miami Vein Center. You will be evaluated and have the opportunity to pinpoint the source of your groin pain. This is your chance to move forward to find solutions. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.