Are Pelvic Varicose Veins Dangerous?
If you have pelvic varicose veins you may be wondering if this is a serious problem.. Fortunately, this condition doesn’t generally cause any harm to most people beyond discomfort in the pelvis or legs. It’s a treatable condition, as well.
For those with a lot of symptoms from these veins, you don’t have to suffer! Also called Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS), these veins can make walking, standing, and having sex uncomfortable. You may also feel the need for frequent urination, and may see bulging veins in the pelvic area.
Why Do Women Get PCS?
These varicose veins are more common in women who’ve had at least one child. They can occur during or after pregnancy, and may be very painful and uncomfortable. Women who have enlarged pelvic veins may also be more susceptible to this condition, and hormones can affect it, as well. It’s very uncommon after menopause, when estrogen is lower and veins are not as dilated. Having a family history of PCS can put a woman at a higher risk of it, too, but that doesn’t mean the woman will necessarily develop it. If you have symptoms of PCS, though, it’s important to see a vein doctor for examination and potential treatment.
Are Pelvic Varicose Veins Straightforward to Treat?
Depending on the location of the veins that need treatment and the severity of the PCS, pelvic varicose veins may be straight forward to treat or somewhat more complicated to address. Medications that block ovarian function to reduce pain are usually the first type of treatment for this condition.
If that’s not effective in relieving pelvic pain, there are procedures that can be used to block off the veins that are causing the discomfort. When considering that method of treatment it’s important to view our varicose vein treatment options, so you can be an informed patient. In some severe cases, surgery to remove the veins or to remove the uterus and ovaries after delivery of your baby may be necessary. But other methods should be tried first.
Pelvic Varicose Vein Treatment
If you are interested in learning more about varicose veins treatment options, simply fill out our Online Appointment Request Form or call any of our clinics in Northwest Portland , Tigard, Happy Valley, Hillsboro or Bend, Oregon.