Chronic Pelvic Pain is extremely common, effecting up to one-third of all women during their lifetime. One of the most common causes of chronic pelvic pain is due to hard to detect varicose veins in the pelvis, otherwise known as pelvic congestion syndrome.
Pelvic congestion syndrome is similar to the varicose veins that some women develop in the legs instead is caused by enlarged veins that arise from the ovarian veins in the pelvis. These bulging swollen veins can involve the uterus, ovaries and even
the vulva, groin and buttocks.
These veins are often missed because they collapse when lying down during physical examination. Chronic pelvic pain associated Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is typically dull and achy and involves the belly and back. The pain is usually worse during your periods, after standing all day, and following intercourse.