Pelvic Congestion Disease: Understanding and Treatment

Dec 23, 2023


Pelvic Congestion Disease, also known as pelvic venous congestion syndrome, is a condition that affects many women. This disorder primarily occurs when the pelvic veins become enlarged and blood flow is inhibited, causing chronic pain and discomfort. At the Vein Center of Arizona, our team of doctors specializing in vascular medicine are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals suffering from pelvic congestion disease.

Understanding Pelvic Congestion Disease

Pelvic Congestion Disease (PCD) occurs when the veins in the pelvis, particularly around the ovaries and uterus, become varicose and fail to efficiently return blood to the heart. This leads to chronic pelvic pain which worsens during prolonged standing, sitting, or sexual intercourse. Although the exact cause is not always clear, hormonal factors, pregnancy, and genetics are known to contribute to the development of PCD.

Common Symptoms

The symptoms of pelvic congestion disease can vary from person to person. Some women may experience:

  • Chronic, dull aching pain in the pelvic region
  • Heaviness or pressure in the lower abdomen
  • Worsening pain during menstruation
  • Increased pain after prolonged sitting or standing
  • Pain during or after sexual intercourse
  • Visible enlargement of veins in the pelvic area (varicose veins)


Diagnosing PCD requires a thorough evaluation by a qualified doctor specializing in vascular medicine. During your visit to the Vein Center of Arizona, our doctors will conduct a comprehensive assessment, including:

  • Reviewing your medical history
  • Performing a physical examination
  • Ordering diagnostic tests such as pelvic ultrasound or venography

Treatment Options

At the Vein Center of Arizona, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. Your doctor will create an individualized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Conservative management: This may involve lifestyle modifications such as avoiding prolonged periods of standing, wearing compression stockings, and practicing pelvic floor exercises.
  • Minimally invasive procedures: Endovascular treatments like embolization are often recommended to relieve symptoms. During this procedure, an interventional radiologist inserts a catheter into the affected veins and blocks them with tiny embolic agents, redirecting blood flow to healthier veins.
  • Surgical intervention: In severe cases of PCD, where other treatments have proven ineffective, surgical removal of the affected veins (ovariolysis or hysterectomy) may be considered as a last resort option.

Why Choose the Vein Center of Arizona?

When seeking treatment for pelvic congestion disease, it is crucial to choose a trusted medical center that specializes in vascular medicine. At the Vein Center of Arizona, we offer:

  • Expert doctors: Our team of experienced doctors focuses exclusively on vascular medicine, ensuring that you receive the highest level of care.
  • Advanced diagnostic capabilities: We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to accurately diagnose and evaluate the severity of pelvic congestion disease.
  • Personalized treatment plans: Your doctor will create a customized treatment plan based on your specific needs, ensuring the most effective and targeted care.
  • Comprehensive follow-up care: We are committed to providing ongoing support and follow-up care to monitor your progress and address any concerns.


Pelvic Congestion Disease can significantly impact a woman's quality of life, causing chronic pelvic pain and discomfort. At the Vein Center of Arizona, our expert doctors specializing in vascular medicine are dedicated to helping patients with pelvic congestion disease find relief and improve their overall well-being. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a pain-free future.