Pelvic congestion syndrome

Overview of pelvic congestion syndrome

Pelvic congestion syndrome is a condition marked by chronic pelvic pain that persists for six months or longer. Your doctor may reach this diagnosis after ruling out other possible causes for the pain, including infection, cancer, cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, or other problems with the uterus, ovaries, urinary system, or bowels. Pelvic congestion syndrome may be underdiagnosed because many women are not aware of this condition.

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Symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome

You may experience pain, heaviness, or discomfort in your lower abdominal or pelvic region. This generalized chronic pelvic pain is often accompanied by other symptoms, including:

  • Pelvic pain that worsens as the day goes on, particularly if much time is spent standing
  • Pelvic pain that worsens during menstruation, after sex, or after certain physical activities
  • Swollen vulva
  • Varicose veins in the genital region or legs
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Low back pain
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Fatigue

Signs and symptoms vary from woman to woman. Because these symptoms are also associated with many other medical conditions, it may take some time to arrive at a correct diagnosis.