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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS)


Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a significant and common disorder in women.  It is estimated that a third of all women will experience chronic pelvic pain during their lifetime.  Greater than 9 million women in the US suffer from CPP. CPP specifically due to ovarian and pelvic varices is known as pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS).  Up to 15% of women between the age of 20-50 years have varicose veins in the pelvis and 60% of these women are symptomatic.


PCS is a cause of chronic pelvic pain in women. It is defined as “non-cyclic” pain often lasting greater than 6 months.  It is usually a dull ache deep in the pelvis that is worst after being in upright positions (sitting, standing, walking or running). Pain may radiate to the lower back and down the thighs. The pain may worsen leading up to the menstrual period. Menstrual cycles can be heavy and painful for a long duration.  It is common for some women to have pain during or after sexual intercourse or even with a full bladder or bowel.  Lying down may provide some alleviation of the pain.  PCS is quite commonly seen in women with multiple pregnancies. Varicose veins may also be present along the buttocks, genital region or legs.  PCS is seen in 15-18% of women who concurrently suffer from varicose veins of the legs.

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Desert Vein & Vascular Institute
14155 N. 83rd Ave Ste 136
Peoria Arizona 85381
Phone 623-847-3884