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Pelvic Pain Causes: Ovarian Vein Conditions

Posted: April 23, 2014   |   Revised: October 19, 2016

Pelvic Pain Causes: Ovarian Vein ConditionsExperts estimate that one third of all women will experience chronic pelvic pain at some point in their lives. And when this happens, it can be a scary thing as conditions such as ovarian or cervical cancer can be the root cause. However, if you have met with your physician and ruled out more serious health issues, there may be other, lesser-known conditions at play.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is the term referring to varicose veins in the pelvis or ovaries, and women often overlook it as the cause of their pelvic pain. After all, neither are extremely common, and women are not taught to worry about these like they are about other female reproductive health issues.

Ovarian/pelvic varicose vein symptoms:

Due to the location of ovarian and pelvic varicose veins, most symptoms manifest themselves in the form of pain in the vulva, ovaries and uterus. This can range from a dull, consistent ache to a sharper, more precise burst of pain. Tenderness in the general area is also a common symptom, as well as dyspareunia, which is defined as “pain with intercourse.” This symptom is often written off as a side effect of menopause.

For most women, the symptoms accompanying varicose veins in and around their reproductive organs tend to worsen right before the start of their menstrual period. They can also be made worse by prolonged periods of standing, which puts weight and pressure on the lower half of the body.

Causes of ovarian/pelvic varicose veins:

As with most venous conditions, Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is caused by high pressure. For some female patients, Pelvic Vein Obstruction is the underlying cause. Others have blood running in the wrong direction. Blood should flow from the ovary toward the left kidney vein or the large abdomen vein (inferior vena cava). This works to bring blood back to the heart. If these one-way ovarian valves are not working properly, blood will flow in the opposite direction – from the upper abdomen toward the pelvis – causing high pressure, which can lead to varicose veins in the area.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome can interfere with life at work, with your friends, your family, and especially your significant other. It’s important to rule out pelvic cysts, obscure growths, infections or any kind of cancer first. Speak with your physician immediately.

If you live within easy travel distance of our VeinCare Centers of Tennessee  Dr Daugherty can help determine the cause of your pelvic pain and offer treatment.

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