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Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Jacksonville, FL

Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most frequent problems affecting women’s reproductive health, and varicose veins are one of the most common causes of pelvic pain, affecting up to 15% of all women of childbearing age. The experienced team at the Vascular Access Center of Jacksonville determine whether congested veins are the cause of your problem, then provide treatment that effectively relieves your pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Jacksonville, Florida, or book an appointment online.

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What causes chronic pelvic pain?

Chronic pelvic pain is known as a pain below your belly button that lasts six months or longer and isn’t due to your menstrual period. This type of ongoing pain can arise from several health conditions, such as pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. One common cause of chronic pelvic pain in premenopausal women is a condition called pelvic congestion syndrome.

What is pelvic congestion syndrome?

Pelvic congestion syndrome is the effect of the accumulation of blood in the veins that serve your ovaries and pelvic region. The blood buildup is due to varicose veins that develop when the veins weaken and widen.

This condition often develops during pregnancy when the veins dilate to accommodate the increased blood flow. After delivery, the veins stay enlarged, allowing blood to accumulate.

Varicosities also occur when valves that control blood flow in your veins become damaged or weakened. When the valves stop working correctly, blood refluxes backward and pools, leading to enlarged, congested veins.

What are the symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome?

Although chronic pelvic pain is the hallmark symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome, the type of pain varies, from a dull ache to sharp pain. The pain also tends to worsen throughout the day, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting or standing.

You may find that your pain is worse before and after your menstrual periods or after intercourse. Some women experience low back pain, aching legs, and abnormal vaginal discharge.

If you continue to suffer from chronic pelvic pain, the specialists at the Vascular Access Center of Jacksonville can perform an imaging test, such as a pelvic venogram, to determine whether venous congestion is the cause of your pain.

How is pelvic congestion syndrome treated?

The specialists at the Vascular Access Center of Jacksonville perform a minimally invasive treatment called ovarian vein embolization to treat pelvic congestion syndrome.

During the procedure, your doctor gently guides a small catheter through a large vein in your thigh. When the catheter reaches the enlarged vein, it releases medications that close the vein. As a result, you get relief from the painful pressure caused by the varicosities.

To treat pelvic congestion and restore your reproductive health, call the Vascular Access Center of Jacksonville or book an appointment online today.

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