Pelvic congestion syndrome

Causes of pelvic congestion syndrome

The exact cause of pelvic congestion syndrome is unclear, but experts believe that the condition is caused by problems with the ovarian vein. This may include varicose veins on the ovaries and along the female reproductive tract. Many women have varicose veins in this part of the body. However, some women have pain and pelvic congestion syndrome while others do not.

Treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome

The main goal of treatment is to reduce your chronic pelvic pain and increase your overall comfort level. Your doctor may experiment with different treatments to determine what works best for you, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Common treatment methods include medication and embolization.

Medication: If your pain is not severe and does not limit your life, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. Hormonal medication may also be used to treat pelvic congestion syndrome.

Embolization: During this procedure, your doctor blocks blood flow through varicose veins by using a chemical agent or small metal coil. Embolization is performed in a hospital or specially equipped medical clinic. You may go home the same day or stay overnight at a hospital.

You can trust Dignity Health’s experienced team of gynecologists with every step of your diagnosis and treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome in AZ, NV, and CA.