What are the most common signs and symptoms of pelvic venous disease?
Symptoms of pelvic venous syndrome emanate from the dilation of the pelvic veins resulting from blood flowing backward.
In some cases, the varicose veins found in the pelvis area near the ovaries can also be pressured and push against the rectum and bladder. In such instances, the patient may exhibit signs such as;
- A painful or dragging sensation around the pelvic region
- Aches and pains near the lower abdomen
- Feeling like your legs are full and heavy
- Heightened sense of stress and anxiety
- Development or worsening of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
In almost all pelvic venous syndrome cases, pain is the most common symptom. Some women complain of persistent pain for more than six months. The pain is usually concentrated on one side, but it can affect both sides concurrently.
This pain could often worsen when you stand for long, during or after intercourse, during pregnancy, and when lifting heavy objects. Additionally, it is noteworthy to mention the pain may also be affected by menstrual cycle hormones, meaning you could experience more pain and discomfort during menstruation. Luckily, lying down is one of the anecdotal measures known to reduce pain.
Not all women suffering from pelvic vein reflux will exhibit the symptoms. In fact, many women only start showing these symptoms during or after a pregnancy. This can be attributed to the dilation of the veins from the pregnancy.