How can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome be diagnosed?

How do I know if I have PCS? I have had ultrasounds and bloodwork done and everything has come back normal.

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Replied on 11/22/2010

By: Miller Vein  |  Jeffrey H. Miller, M.D.
Steven K. Wang, M.D.
Michael E. Lulenski, M.D.
Zoe Deol, M.D.

Novi, MI

It's not unusual to have a normal ultrasound with PCS. An MRI would be recommended as the next step if you have the symptoms.

Replied on 7/29/2010

By: VeinCare Centers of Tennessee  |  Stephen F. Daugherty, M.D.,F.A.C.S.
Clarksville, TN

Painful pelvic varicose veins with pelvic congestion symptoms often can be diagnosed with high quality abdominal/pelvic venous color duplex ultrasound. Unfortunately, most abdominal/pelvic venous ultrasound is not performed well and often is misleading. CT or abdominal venograms may be helpful as well. The best thing to do is to find a vascular surgeon or interventional radiologist experienced with pelvic varicose veins/pelvic congestion and have that physician evaluate you.

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Is there a chance I can still have babies with pelvic congestion?

Will treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome help minimize future varicose veins in my legs? (2 answers)
Will treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome help minimize future varicose veins in my legs?

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What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? (2 answers)
How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome related to varicose veins in the legs?

Have all three Cele's , enterocele , cystocele, rectocele (2 answers)
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What would be the best medicine to take, I am currently taking vicoprofen? (2 answers)
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Can I have a baby after the treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrom? (2 answers)
Can I have a baby after the treatment?

Can Grapeseed Extract help with the symptoms of Pelvic Congestin Syndrome? (2 answers)
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Is it dangerous being 18 and just having been diagnosed with PCS? (2 answers)
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I was recently diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion, can I get pregnant right now or after a treatment? (2 answers)
I was recently diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion, can I get pregnant right now or after a treatment?

Can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome make women infertile? (2 answers)
I am really worried, can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome make women infertile? Are their infertility options for women with PCS?

Can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome cause hip pain and or nausea? (2 answers)
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Is pelvic congestion syndrome the same as endometriosis? (2 answers)
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Is is it safe to get pregnant after an ovarian embolization? (1 answer)
I have left ovarian vein reflux and right sided vulvular varices. It was suggested that I have an ovarian vein embolization. Is it safe to get pregnant aftwards or will my condition worsen. Or should I wait to have the procedure until after my pregnancy?

What are the effects of PCS on a baby during pregnancy? (1 answer)
I am pregnant with my 3rd child and the pain is very severe when laying on my left side. The doctors say laying your left side is best for baby. Is this loss of blood flow hurting the baby?

I had a vein procedure and its been a year of pain, is it possible I have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? (1 answer)
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When you have Pelvic Congestion Sydrome can you still have babies? (1 answer)
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Is pelvic congestion syndrome related to hemorrhoids? (1 answer)
I have had hemorrhoids for a number of years, and now am beginning to feel more pelvic pain than before. What is pelvic congestion syndrome and can hemorrhoids cause it?

How can you tell if you have Pelvic Congestion or Torn Labrum? (1 answer)
I have had one MRI showing a torn labrum, another showing no tear. The later showed a prominence of the deep pelvic veins. I have no abdominal pain or lower back pain. I have groin pain pronounced when dressing or lifting affected leg. Thoughts?

Is pelvic congestion syndrome possible in younger women? (1 answer)
I am in my early 20s and I have pelvic pain. What are the symptoms of PCS and is it common in someone so young?

Prevent or lessen pain for PCS? (1 answer)
Good day! Is there any methods to lessen or prevent pain caused by PCS? Thank you.

Can the veins get bigger with Pelvic Ultrasound (1 answer)
My veins are 11mm. This was diagnosed from a pelvic u/s . Can the veins get bigger?

After pregnancy do most women keep varicose veins in the pelvis? (1 answer)
Do most women with varicose veins in the pelvis, PCS, keep them after pregnancy?

Can May-Thurner Syndrome cause migraines? (1 answer)
Can May-Thurner Syndrome cause migraines?

Does pain need to be constant for pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
Is it consistant with this diagnosis that vaginal pain varies and that concurrent lumps and wrinkles which are painful, can be decreased by finger pressure? Thank you so much for your attention and answer to my aquestion.

Can I try pilates and/or yoga if I have PCS? (1 answer)
I'm in constant pain (mostly on my left side), and I also have an ovarian tumor that will be removed in a month by a gynecologist. Will yoga or Pilates help?

Can PCS cause abdominal bloating and/or palpatations? (1 answer)
Can PCS have symptoms like abdominal bloating or palpitations?

Diagnosed with PCS 30 years ago. Is it possible to shave symptoms at my age? (1 answer)
I am 60 and was diagnosed with pcs when I was about 30. I still have symptoms, is that possible at my age?

Pelvic pain 11 months after giving birth. (1 answer)
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child with PCS (1 answer)
my daughter is 9 years old and diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. How is this treated in such a young girl?

Are there risks for a 22 year old female with 1 child to get pregnant while having pelviccongestion syndrome? (1 answer)

Can Pevlic Congestion Syndrome effect my blood pressure? (1 answer)
I was diagnosed years ago. I have very large viens. Can it effect my heart and blood pressure?

What happens if I don't treat Pelvic Congestion syndrome and just live with the problem? (1 answer)
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I am having surgery on Thursday oct 13, 2011 will I still be able to have kids after? (1 answer)
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I still have pain after I had a historcotmy? What can still be the problem? (1 answer)
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What treatments are available for pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
I was wondering what treatments were available for PCS. Pros? Cons?

Can PCS cause lower back and pelvic pain after urinating and bowel movement? (1 answer)
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does this condition progessively get worse? and is there a relation to an enlarged urterus with this diagnosis? (1 answer)
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Is back pain a common symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
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Would a purple cervix suggest pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
If a young woman's cervix was purple and she was not pregnant, would that suggest pelvic congestion syndrome?

Can I take weight loss supplements if I have just been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)

I'm having surgery for pelvic congestion synodrome, how long after can I begin to have sexual intercourse? (1 answer)

I am 22 with no pregnancies and lots of pain, will my fertility be affected if I do another embolization? (1 answer)
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I had vein embolization for PCS but still have back pain, why? (1 answer)
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What are the risks associated with pelvic congestion syndrome? Are there things I should avoid? Am I at risk for blood clot? (1 answer)
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Is a magnetic resonance venography the best test for me? (1 answer)
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Varicose veins in the buttocks (1 answer)
I am 60 years of age and have had prominent veins in the buttocks for some years but they are just beginning to trouble me. I've had a pelvic ultrasound scan which showed that I also have prominent veins in the uterus and small fibroids.

Is bloating common with PCS? (1 answer)
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Varicosities on the uterus (1 answer)
I had a ceasarian section to deliver my second baby last 0ct 2006; my doctor said they found varicosities on my it dangerous for me to get pregnant and have another cs delivery at this time? We wish to have one more baby. I'm already 43 yrs.

Is hysterectomy after vein embolization with coils possible? (1 answer)
I am 31-years-old and have to have a complete hysterectomy. I had a vein embolization for PCS in which platinum coils were placed on the left side. My surgeon said that he may not be able to do it laproscopically due to the metal. Is this true?

Is it better to have an embolization before or after pregnancy? (1 answer)
My doctor says that I can either get an embolization or a hysterectomy, but they would leave in my ovaries. He says I need to decide if I want more kids even if I go with embolization because I should do it after pregnancy. Is this correct?

How likely is it for a blood clot to form if you have pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
I am going to see an interventional radiologist to talk about embolization, but I wonder how likely it is for a blood clot to form if you have PCS (pelvic congestion syndrome).

I have all the symptoms of PCS, can I become pregnant if I have an embolization? (1 answer)
I haven't become pregnant yet, but have been trying. My periods are never regular and I suffer from pain when I walk, drive, pass wind, laugh or do just about anything. I have all the symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome. After an embolization, can I become pregnant if I haven't already?

Will pelvic congestion syndrome go away when I begin menopause? (1 answer)

What would be the best treatment for pelvic congestion, considering that I've had a complete hysterectomy? (1 answer)
I was diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome in 2007. After having a total hysterectomy, I got a second opinion and found out I still have a working ovary, though my med reports say they where both removed. Which treatment should I get for pelvic congestion disorder? I need to get it treated some days I can't function.

What are the typical symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? (1 answer)
I have pelvic congestion syndrome. Is discharge one of the symptoms? What are the typical symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome apart from pain?

Can an ovarian vein embolization cause a woman's period to be irregular? (1 answer)
About 4 weeks ago I had an ovarian vein embolization (10 coils). I haven't had a period since, which is odd because my menstrual was very regular before. However, I have experienced all of the symptoms, such as cramping, acne, and hormonal changes. Could the embolization be the reason why my period stopped? Is this normal?

What are the dangers of pelvic congestion syndrome, particularly after a hysterectomy? (1 answer)
I am 46 years old and had a hysterectomy/endometriosis excision. After the procedures I was told that I also have pelvic congestion syndrome. Should I be concerned about any other health risks associated w PCS? Would it be best to seek any additional treatment, or is the hysterectomy all that really can be done? Thank you.

Does pelvic congestion syndrome affect pregnancy? (1 answer)
I'm 6 weeks pregnant now and suspect that I have pelvic congestion syndrome. Could this condition affect my baby in any way?

Could I possibly have pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
I had a total hysterectomy 10+ years ago. For the past 5 years or so, I've had chronic abdominal pain on the lower right side. A MRI, CT scan and sonograms were performed but the tests came back negative. Could I have pelvic congestion syndrome? If not, what else could be causing this problem?

I have just been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome, will it get worse as I go through menopause? Will having a hysterectomy relieve my pain? (1 answer)
I have been in pain for a long time and finally have a diagnosis for my pain. At 50 years old, I have been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome. Will the condition get worse as I go through menopause? Will having a hysterectomy relieve my pain? Are there certain foods I should avoid?

Can you feel pelvic varices? (1 answer)

Can cervical ablation treat pelvic congestion syndrom? (1 answer)
I recently had an emergency c-section and when the doctor cut me open, he found that I have a bad case of varicose veins on my uterus. It is so bad that my OB/GYN is worried I will one day just bleed out. Would a cervical ablation work in this situation?

Do I have pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
I am a 31 year old with irritable bowel syndrome. On average, I take 20 minutes in the bathroom. At age 25 I had baby and at the end of the pregnancy, I felt pressure inside my canal every time I went to the bathroom. The pain was intensely painful during childbirth. Four years after giving birth, I still have tons of pressure inside my canal and cervix, also during the first 3 days of my period.

Could diet effect PCS (0 answers)
I was just diagnosed with PCS throught Cat scan, could diet help the pain

What is the best treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome? (0 answers)
During a work-up for my leg, varicose veins were found in my pelvic region. I was found to have pelvic congestion syndrome. I have significant regurgitation in my legs and pelvic pain. Is surgery still recommended? What is the treatment of choice?

I went for a long bike ride and am now in a lot of pain, can certain types of exercise aggravate PCS? (0 answers)

Can pelvic congestion syndrome cause lower back pain or hip pain? (0 answers)

My legs swell and the varicose veins in my legs hurt very badly around my mentsrual cycle. Could this be pelvic congestion syndrome? (0 answers)

Pelvic pain prior to menstrual cycle. (0 answers)
After 2 difficult deliveries, I had tubes cut at 35 years old, since then prior to each menstrual cycle, the pain in the pelvic area is unbearable. Is PCS a condition that should be addressed? And treated?

Limited range of motion (0 answers)
I had an MRI for right hip pain. They said they found evidence of PCS. I don't have any other symptoms, and have never been pregnant. Would PCS limit range of motion in my hip and be helped by the cortisone shot I was given?

Can PCS cause severe pain in hip/lower back/thighs? (0 answers)
I have been experiencing pain starting in lower R abd, then R hip, and now lower back/both hips. Recent "possible" DX of PCS. Can PCS cause such pain in these places? The pain started about 1 yr ago. Now the pain is effecting my daily life. Thank you.

Exercise after being diagnosed with PCS (0 answers)
I have just been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome. I am thin, and exercise on a regular basis, but is there any particular exercises that will help relieve the pain such as walking or sit-ups?Thank you, Ann

Bursting veins questions (0 answers)
Could the blood in the veins build up and burst? If so, what would happen? Is this a life time syndrome? And could it became serious enough to warrent surgery?

My doctor said at my 6-week ultrasound that I have varicose veins along my scar from the C-section. I need another C-section. (0 answers)
The ultrasound was transvaginal. I had a placenta previa with my last pregnancy and had a C-section at 36 weeks. I recently switched doctors, and I'm now 28 weeks. I had a regular abdominal ultrasound, and the tech said they didn't see veins. Should I be worried?

PCS without varicose veins? (0 answers)
I went through many years of no diagnosis, and finally after a laperoscopy I was diagnosed with pcs but with no varicose veins. Is that right? And what can be done about it?

Can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome effect Pregnancy? (0 answers)
Can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome effect Pregnancy?

Feeling an electrical pulse in my groin. (0 answers)
For a few months I've had stabbing pelvic pain when I stand and climb stairs. My periods are so heavy, gained weight, have stomach cramps, bloating, back ache and can feel an electric pulse in my groin like I can feel my blood in my veins. Is this PCS?

What effects could venous coil embolization have on future pregnancies? (0 answers)
I have read that some people have more pain after the procedure when they are pregnant. I have also read about and increased risk of extra uterine pregnancy and slight risk of early onset of menopause.

How to differentiate between pelvic congestion, vulvodynia, and pelvic floor problems? (0 answers)
I have CFS and FM and have had pelvic pain for years. Now it is traveling to my feet. I have been told I have pelvic floor and vlvodynia but I am wondering if it is really a pelvic congestion problem. How do I get the correct dx? What is Tx?

Do I have pelvic congestion syndrome? I changed doctors and no diagnose yet. (0 answers)
I've been experiencing this horrible pain for 9 years. Lately it became paralyzing. I have pain attacks that lasts for 20minutes each that can get up to 10 attacks per day 10 days each month before my period. I have fibroid but no endo. Primolut worsened it.

What is available to alleviate the pain from PCS besides pain medication? (0 answers)
i was diagnosed in 2003 with pelvic congestion syndrome and I was wondering if there was anything Ii can do to get red of the pain besides using pain medication. I got the ovarian vein embolizaion in 2003 but the pain came back about three years after the procedure

Pelvic Pain after Laproscopic Hysterectomy (0 answers)
Can the symptoms of PCS be menstrual like cramps? I recently had a laproscopic hysterectomy and was having some cramping prior and now 6 weeks later I get menstural like cramping after urination? Cystoscopy normal and I'm on Vesicare for bladder spasms.

I'm 24 and I've been put in menopause and I'm bleeding very heavily (0 answers)
I'm having sever cramps and horrible back pain and migraines what do I need to do? I don't have insurance and can't afford to go see my specialist right now, should I go to the ER or just wait it out. I'm on medicine for the pain and also on antibiotics.

Is there concern for clotting with pelvic congestion syndrome? (0 answers)
Is there concern for blood clotting in this situation? I see no mention of clotting problems or concerns, and if so, the information is brief.

I have been diagnosed with PCOS and PCS. (0 answers)
My doctor recommended a hysterectomy to help me with my pain. Should I get it done?

It has taken ten years for me to get a diagnosis and after speaking with my OB/GYN he has suggested a hysterectomy. I'm scared. Will it help with my pain?

Is there a chance I can still have babies? (0 answers)
Is there a chance I can still have babies with pelvic congestion syndrome?

PCS and a mom living FAR away from daughter (0 answers)
My daughter had embolization today for PCS, it didn't go as well as hoped. They found that she has to have a stent in her left renal vein. Dr said that normally the veins are at 3or4 and hers were at 21. Please help me understand what this means.

Is slight bleeding/discharge common in post menopausal with pcs? (0 answers)
Is slight bleeding/discharge common in post menopausal with pelvic congestion syndrome (pcs)?

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