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What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

by – July 19, 2016

What is pelvic congestion syndrome

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome can often go undiagnosed, meaning many women suffer needlessly. One of the major issues with female pelvic veins is that they can cause so many different problems. When the valves fail in the ovarian veins, blood can reflux back into the pelvis causing pelvic varicose veins.

If you suffer with symptoms such as irritable bladder, irritable bowel, discomfort on sexual intercourse or a ‘dragging’ feeling deep in the pelvis on standing, then you may have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS). Due to the dilation of the veins caused by hormones, the symptoms can be worse at different times of the menstrual cycle.

As these symptoms can be caused by other medical conditions, it can make diagnosis of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome difficult.

One simple scan can quickly and easily detect the PCS condition and accurately identify the underlying vascular issues causing the problems.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome can be treated with a sophisticated but straightforward walk in walk out procedure, performed under local anaesthetic.

Common signs of PCS are:

  • Aching or ‘dragging’ in the pelvis, particularly on standing and worse around the time of the period
  • Irritable bladder, sometimes giving stress incontinence
  • Irritable bowel
  • Deep dyspareunia (pain on intercourse)

Although rare, outward signs of PCS (normally post pregnancy) include :

  • Vaginal or vulval varicose veins
  • Varicose veins on the top of the inner thigh or the backs of the thighs

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and The Whiteley Clinic

The Whiteley Clinic has been successfully diagnosing and treating pelvic vein reflux and associated conditions since the year 2000. We are regarded internationally as one of the leading centres in the world, within this area of venous surgery. Our specialists are regular guest speakers around the world explaining the investigation and treatment of this condition.

We have published several peer-reviewed research papers in this area as well as chapters in text books.


For more information, please visit our website. Alternatively, contact us using the contact form, email at info@thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk or call us on 01483 477180.

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