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Do Pelvic Varicose Veins Cause Serious Problems?

Pelvic varicose veins can cause serious problems. In addition to lower quality of life, debilitating pain, weakening of muscles in the affected area, the varicose veins could end up causing lasting problems that affect your overall health. Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS), also known as ovarian vein reflux is a problem that plagues about 13-40% of women that suffer from chronic pelvic pain.  PCS is also assumed to be associated with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome.

Why Do People Get PCS?

The exact root causes of PCS aren’t quite clear, but the consensus among many healthcare providers is that enlarged veins in the lower abdomen is the reason why women suffer from this long-term condition. With that, having given birth to more than one child may also increase the risk of developing PCS, along with other hereditary and congenital conditions.

Hormones are the main suspected reason behind vasodilation (veins being wider or enlarged). Estrogen can have this effect on the body, and it is potentially one reason why this condition is less common after menopause, as the body’s estrogen levels are significantly lower post-menopause. While other hormones might also play a role in PCS, they are not yet as well- known or researched as yet.

What Do Varicose Veins Feel Like?

One of the most common symptoms are aching sensations and fullness in the legs. This is because blood pools in the extremities due to twisted veins. Worsened pain after long periods of inactivity or remaining in a stressful position can also be accompanied by cramps and throbbing sensations in the veins and the surrounding muscle.

One of the more dangerous symptoms of varicose veins is itching. When patients suffer from itching episodes, their instinctive reaction is to scratch. However, due to the fact that varicose veins are near the surface of the skin and are more exposed than other underlying veins, the combination of sharp fingernails and the increased pressure from scratching could cause the vein to rupture. If a congested vein such as this bursts, the results can be dramatic, resulting in a hemorrhage of pooled blood and blood from the bloodstream. Untreated, this can pose significant health risks.

In particular, women with PCS may feel a constant pain that is dull and aching but becomes more acute at times. This can happen when changing your posture, before and after having sex, or due to standing for long periods. With PCS you, may experience abnormal pain prior to or during menstruation, sudden urges to use the bathroom, and similar to varicose veins elsewhere, which include enlarged and distorted veins on the buttocks, thighs and external genitalia.

Finding Treatment in Tampa

We’re here to make finding treatment easier. Vein911 exists to serve the Greater Tampa region in Florida. Cutting-edge treatments are done at Vein911’s treatment center, which include the endovenous laser treatment, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, visual sclerotherapy, and VeinGogh treatments, all of which are minimally invasive and almost pain-free. Thorough evaluations and accurate assessments and diagnoses are created for each patient in order to provide the best care. If you suffer from varicose veins or suspect that you do, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Vein911 as soon as possible. You can also learn more about our practice here today!