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About Ovarian Embolization

OVE is a procedure for the treatment of chronic pelvic congestion syndrome.

The condition causes chronic pelvic pain in women. After endometriosis, varicose veins in the pelvic is the second leading cause of pelvic pain. Often under-diagnosed, many women have been told the problem is “all in their head.” However, recent studies conclusively indicate this pelvic pain may be due to varicose veins in the pelvis. This condition is known as pelvic congestion syndrome. Read a testimonial of a woman who finally found a treatment for her chonic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain can be debilitating. Some 15% of all gynecology visits are attributed to chronic pelvic pain.

What is chronic pelvic congestion?

Similar to varicose veins in the legs, valves in the veins in the pelvis become weakened, allowing blood to pool in the vein and cause pressure and pain. The causes of chronic pelvic pain are varied, but are often associated with the presence of ovarian and pelvic varicose veins. Pelvic congestion syndrome is similar to varicose veins in the legs. In both cases, the valves in the veins that help return blood to the heart against gravity become weakened and don’t close properly. This allows blood to flow backwards and pool in the vein, causing pressure and bulging veins. In the pelvis, varicose veins can cause pain and affect the uterus, ovaries and vulva.

What are the symptoms of pelvic congestion?

The chronic pain that is associated with this disease is usually dull and aching. Women experience a dragging sensation or pain in the pelvis. Symptoms include:

  • Deep pelvic pain when sitting or standing
  • Pain that worsens throughout the day
  • Bulging veins on the vulva, buttocks and/or the thighs
  • Painful menstrual cycles
  • Pain during or after intercourse
  • Lower abdominal and back pain
  • During and after pregnancy

The varicose veins in the pelvis surround the ovaries and can also push on the bladder and rectum. Other symptoms include:

  • Irritable bladder
  • Itching
  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Varicose veins on the the labia, buttocks and thigh are a definite sign of pelvic venous congestion

What are the risk factors for chronic pelvic congestion?

Risk factors include:

  • Two or more pregnancies and hormonal increases
  • Fullness of leg veins
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Hormonal dysfunction
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