Pelvic congestion is a common cause of pelvic pain in women. Indeed research suggests that 13-40% of women who go to a gynaecologist with pelvic pain, actually have pelvic congestion. Unfortunately, virtually none of them get diagnosed.
On 22nd February 2017, Prof Mark Whiteley is giving a talk about pelvic congestion and will present the latest research about investigation and treatment of this condition. The talk is free and open to anyone who wants to attend. So we can plan catering, please do book if you wish to attend.
Pelvic congestion is caused by varicose veins in the pelvis. It affects women more commonly than men. In both men and women, there are 4 main pelvic veins that can be involved. However, in men, 2 of them (the testicular veins) come to the surface in the scrotum, and so can be seen. When these form varicose veins, it is called a “varicocele” and is usually treated.
However, in women, all 4 veins remain hidden inside the pelvis. When any of these 4 veins form varicose veins, they cannot be seen on the surface.
The only way to see them in detail is a test called a “Transvaginal Duplex Ultrasound” or TVS. Although many hospitals and clinics have this equipment, it only gives the correct results when used following the Holdstock-Harrison protocol – developed by Judy Holdstock and Charmaine Harrison of The Whiteley Clinic.
Many doctors try to use MRI, MRV, CT or Venograms – but these have problems when looking at pelvic veins.
Pelvic congestion can be caused by a failure of the valves, allowing blood to fall back down the veins and stretching them (reflux) or compression of the vein with back pressure causing them to dilate (obstruction).
Reflux is most commonly the cause.
If you would like to attend the talk on Pelvic Congestion given by Prof Mark Whiteley on 22nd February 2017, and ask any questions at the end of the talk, please register with us so we have numbers for catering. The talk is free.
Register via Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Guildford-Science-Meetup/events/237044258/
Register via e-mail: [email protected]
Useful link for Pelvic Congestion self-assessment: https://thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk/self-assessment/pelvic-congestion-screening/