Pelvic congestion syndrome is a condition thought to be caused by problems with swollen veins in the pelvic area which can result in pelvic pain.
In some women, veins in the lower abdomen may stop working well. Blood may start to build up inside the veins. When this happens, the veins in your pelvis can enlarge and change shape, like varicose veins. This may lead to the pain and other symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome.
It happens mostly in women of childbearing age. It may be more common in women who have given birth to more than one child.
At our practice in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, double board-certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist Yosef Golowa, MD FSIR, specializes in minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments for pelvic congestion syndrome. with a safer, less painful alternative to hysterectomy or surgery with shorter recovery time. Call Dr. Golowa’s office today or book an appointment online to benefit from his expertise in treating PCS.
The main symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome is pelvic pain that lasts at least 6 months. This pain often first starts during or after a pregnancy. It may worsen after a later pregnancy. The pain may be a heavy or aching feeling. Or the pain may be sharp. Usually, the pain is only on one side, usually the left side. At times you may feel it on both sides. The pain is often worse at the end of the day.
Certain factors may make the pain worse, such as:
Some women also have symptoms such as:
If diagnosed with PCS, Dr. Golowa can provide you with multiple treatment options to help relieve your chronic pelvic pain.
Non-invasive options – hormone therapy, which includes progestin hormone drugs and gonadotropin-releasing hormone drugs, can be used to provide medication for chronic pain.
Non – Surgical methods – gonadal vein embolization can be used to reduce pressure from the abnormal varicose veins along with the pelvic and ovarian areas. In cases where these methods don’t work, other blood vessels which drain the pelvis are evaluated for blockages and can be treated if a blockage is found.
Call Yosef Golowa, MD, FSIR, today or book an appointment online to find out how you could benefit from treatment for PCS.