Pelvic congestion syndrome can affect you during and after pregnancy. It more common in younger women who have had two or more pregnancies. Symptoms are often more pronounced during pregnancy but can be experienced after childbirth. Sex and menstruation can trigger symptoms too. The condition is treatable, however, many women may not know they are affected. At DHR Health Vein Institute, we want to help you understand the relationship between pelvic congestion syndrome and future pregnancy.
A Closer Look at Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and Future Pregnancy
Pelvic congestion syndrome is caused by a backward flow of blood throughout the veins of your pelvic area. The reversed blood flow happens when the valves meant to prevent it become overworked. The 60 percent increase in blood volume during pregnancy may stress the valves and lead to the condition. Multiple pregnancies increase your risk. Other risk factors are a fullness of leg veins and polycystic ovaries.
One of the most prominent symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome is aching in the pelvis and lower abdomen. The sensation is typically isolated to, or more prominent on, one side of your body. Symptoms can last up to six months.
In pregnant woman, symptoms also include:
-The fullness of legs that feels like swelling
-Worsening of irritable bowel syndrome
-Varicose veins in the inner thighs
Additional symptoms are varicose veins in the pelvic area, including the vulva, vagina, and buttocks.
Symptoms are exasperated by pregnancy. However, some women experience symptoms around menstruation and after sexual intercourse. Standing or lifting may make them acuter. Some level of relief can be gained by laying down.
The easiest and most effective ways to detect pelvic congestion syndrome is by ultrasound. Pelvic venography is also useful in diagnosing the condition. The latter method uses a dye injection that allows the veins to be viewed via x-ray. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment options can be explored.
Pelvic congestion syndrome and future pregnancy are intrinsically linked. It is best to address the issue so that you can experience the most comfortable pregnancy possible. If you are suffering from symptoms after your child’s birth, we encourage you to seek treatment as well. You do not have to tolerate the condition any longer.
At DHR Health Vein Institute in Edinburg, we aim to provide you treatment and support. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!