- Women's Health
7 Signs Of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
This article will explain:
- What Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is, how it can be caused and what triggers it.
- The signs that a woman would show/feel if they suffer from PCS.
- Facts about Pelvic Congestion Syndrome that are good for you to know
- The risk factors and who may be more likely to suffer from PCS.
- Treatment Options for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS) is also known as Pelvic Vein Incompetence.
It is an condition in women that is caused by varicose veins in the lower abdomen.
It is a chronic medical condition that causes pelvic pain. Often it can be severe and make it hard for the individual to function normally. For example, walking can become extremely difficult to achieve at times depending on how much pain she is in.
It is result of pregnancy, sometimes from pushing too hard during childbirth, and some other unknown reasons.
When their is estrogen present, blood accumulates in the vens in the pelvic area and causes pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Chronic pelvic pain in women is a common and disabling illness. It is defined as a pain that has been present for 6 months or longer. And also continuous and unresponsive to most treatments.
If untreated, it can result in long-term disability, depression and neurological changes.
Signs Of Pelvic Congestion
1.) CONSTANT PAIN IN THE PELVIC AREA- dull and achy. Pain can become worse after long periods of standing. Women find relief from lying down. The pain becomes worse after sexual intercourse. Or just before and during a menstrual period.
2.) LARGER UTERUS AND THICKER ENDOMETRIUM
3.) DYSMENORRHEA- Pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities. The pain is considered excessive. Stronger than cramping, more referred to as menstrual uterine contractions. Sometimes coexist with heavy bleeding.
4.) BACK PAIN
5.) VAGINAL DISCHARGE
6.) ABDOMINAL BLOATING
7.) MOOD SWINGS
- Hormone Dysfunction
- Fullness of leg veins
- Polycystic Ovaries
- Tipped or Retroverted Uterus
- Hormonal Dysfunction
- Multiple Pregnancies (2 or more)
There are a few treatment options that are used for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, they include:
- Pain Medication- This includes prescription medications as well as homeopathic supplements that are supposed to help with the pain. Taking some type is NSAID should always the first go to. Fish Oil helps with reducing inflammation, and it often works just as well as if you were to take Ibuprofen or Aleve.
- Physical Therapy- this is usually achieved by the individual in there own home. This includes having sexual intercourse to help relieve the cramping.
- Suppression of Ovarian Function
- Surgery-where they use noninvasive transcatheter techniques to embolize the varicose veins.Studies show that 80% of women who had the surgery, found relief.
* 10 million women suffer from Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and 3 million of them DONT seek help for it.
* If a woman is suffering from chronic pelvic pain with no obvious pathological cause, they there is no doubt they are suffering from Pelvic Congestion.
*30% of women suffer from chronic pelvic pain.
Take It From Someone Who Knows
I have suffered from Pelvic Congestion Syndrome for many years, Eleven years to be exact. My first child was born vaginally and it seemed like everything was fine. Although with the amount of force that I used when pushing out my son, I had no clue what issues it was going to cause me in the near future.
Six months after delivering my son, I started suffering from constant intense uterine cramping. It went on every day for weeks, it was literally affecting me 24/7. I wasnt sure how to go about talking to a physician about it. After a couple months is when I finally decided to bring it up, but in the end all they said was that I had chronic uterine pain that was caused by tightening of my uterine muscles. They explained to me that my uterus was contracting all day everyday, yet they had no actual diagnosis for me yet.
It wasn't until recently that I was diagnosed,but at this point I have lived with it for so long I know what to do to take care of it. I have been told that I can have my uterus removed, but I feel that I am too young. Im not planning on having any more children, but since Im under the age of 30, I feel like it may make me feel like less of a real woman if I live out the rest of my days "uterus-free".
As someone who suffers day in and day out with chronic pelvic pain, I want you to know this. Take care of yourself, make sure to try all the homeopathic treatments you can and dont give in to your doctor saying that a Hysterectomy is the best choice. Many doctors turn to surgery to line there wallets for the holidays. Dont give in. Get all the facts before making a final decision.