When it comes to venous health, everybody is different. Genetics, lifestyle, and the many experiences in our lives can determine how our veins react and serve our bodies, including how much pain we may experience. It is clear that venous health is still a growing medical area.
Pelvic Congestion basically refers to a malfunction in the veins of the pelvic area. Blood should normally flow from the pelvic area to the heart. As we know there are valves in these veins that keep the blood from retreating back. If the valves malfunction, then blood can flow backward and settle down in the pelvic area. This can cause many different symptoms and ultimately Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.

For many women, pelvic congestion syndrome is a painful reality. It involves pain within the lower pelvic area which can have a range of severity and which can feel like a throbbing, a dull ache, a sharp pain, etc. What is known is that women who have had multiple children tend to be at a greater risk for this syndrome and that what often causes the pain is poor venous health. When blood begins to flow backward in veins or sit in veins without movement, pain can ensue. In the legs, this can also lead to spider veins or varicose veins. But in the pelvic region, it can often cause pain, a feeling of heaviness, irregular menstrual cycles, and pain during intercourse. For those that have varicose veins in other areas of their body, it is possible that pelvic congestion may occur.

Pelvic congestion syndrome has many symptoms. They include Painful period’s, Vaginal discharge, Back pain, Pain during and long after intercourse, Ovary tenderness and pain, and can even affect the bladder. Because these symptoms closely resemble other disorders, pelvic congestion syndrome can be misdiagnosed or overlooked. Uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and other disorders have many of the same symptoms. In pelvic congestion syndrome, the affected veins bulge and stretch causing a lot of pain.

Treatments for pelvic congestion have been difficult to come by since every woman’s body and experience are so different. Treating vein disorders in the pelvic region can be especially difficult and many women, even after treatment, do not gain the relief from pain that they thought they would. Since the veins in the pelvic region are so intertwined with vital organs and reproductive organs, treating them is not easy, and finding the right solution for your particular situation is something that should be researched and discussed with a venous health professional and/or your medical doctor. It is easy to misdiagnose pelvic congestion so making sure an accurate diagnosis is made based on tests is important.

Hormonal therapy and other drugs can be used to constrict the veins that are affected. Sometimes the veins will actually need to be blocked to help. This can be done surgically or by injection of an embolic agent. Your treatment will depend on the severity of your actual condition. If your uterus is folded or tipped, your doctor might recommend an internal sling which suspends the uterus in the right position. This can help relieve symptoms and get the blood flowing in the right direction and minimize pooling and stretching.

If all else fails then you may need a hysterectomy. This should really be the last thing that you try, as it is a much more invasive surgery and can take a long time to recover from.

man with varicose veinsWe focus so much on varicose veins in women, but the fact is, men get them, too. Actually, approximately 45 percent of men get varicose veins at some point in their lives.

However, varicose veins are more common in women. This is because of the hormone progesterone, which can contribute to the development of varicose and spider veins. Men produce this hormone in smaller quantities.

Other factors that can increase one’s risk of developing varicose and spider veins are, in no particular order:

Age (the risk increases with age)
Family history
Standing or sitting for long periods

Varicose veins often appear as enlarged veins that are bluish or purplish in color. They may even be bulging and twisted.

Other signs and symptoms of varicose veins include:

Itchiness around the affected site
Feeling of heaviness on the legs
A throbbing sensation on the lower extremities
Worsening pain after sitting or standing for a long time

If you have tried elevating your legs, wearing compression stockings, and exercise do not relieve your tired and achy legs, you may need to seek medical treatment. At Grand Junction Vein Center, we can evaluate your condition and present options. Call us today!


Grand Junction Vein Center

2373 G Road #280
Grand Junction, Colorado. 81505
On the second floor of the Canyonview Medical Plaza
Tel: 970-242-VEIN (8346)