I have been diagnosed with pevlic congestion syndrome, should I have an embolization before I get pregnant again?

I am planning for my 2nd child, but was diagnosed this year with pelvic congestion syndrome. I only get pain after long car/plane rides, or during the first few days of my period. I am VERY sore for those first few days. I'm scared I will be in too much pain while pregnant. Should I have an embolization before I get pregnant again?

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Intermountain Vein Center

Published on Oct 23, 2013

If you are concerned about the pain, then I would say you should seek treatment. I would recommend talking to your physician and having a consultation. During the appointment, express that concern to him/her about the pain level. Treatment just might be the best thing. Make sure your physician is accredited by the American College of Phlebology.

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Answered by Intermountain Vein Center

If you are concerned about the pain, then I would say you should seek treatment. I would recommend talking to your physician and having a consultation. During the appointment, express that concern to him/her about the pain level. Treatment just might be the best thing. Make sure your physician is accredited by the American College of Phlebology.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The Sheen Vein Institute

Published on Oct 19, 2013

Pelvic congestion syndrome is the result of having a collection of varicose veins within the pelvic cavity. This collection results in a buildup of venous blood around that region which, in turn, gives rise to inflammation and pressure; thus your pain. That said, simply treating a single ovarian vein, which is usually the vein that gets embolized, may or may not not improve your symptoms. Whether there are other treatment options that might help with your pain depends on where your pain resides. If you find that your pain is more external, then treatment of those external veins in and around the groin may dramatically decrease your pain. Sometimes a combination of embolization and external treatment help. Determining which path to take is the difficult part. Often times you just pick one treatment and see whether it resolves the pain. If not, then you do the other. Unlike with the legs, you can usually address all aspects of the leg. This is not the case with the pelvic veins. You treat what you have access to and hope it works. That said, you probably want to look into some treatment prior to getting pregnant since the pregnancy will only magnify you pain.

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Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

Pelvic congestion syndrome is the result of having a collection of varicose veins within the pelvic cavity. This collection results in a buildup of venous blood around that region which, in turn, gives rise to inflammation and pressure; thus your pain. That said, simply treating a single ovarian vein, which is usually the vein that gets embolized, may or may not not improve your symptoms. Whether there are other treatment options that might help with your pain depends on where your pain resides. If you find that your pain is more external, then treatment of those external veins in and around the groin may dramatically decrease your pain. Sometimes a combination of embolization and external treatment help. Determining which path to take is the difficult part. Often times you just pick one treatment and see whether it resolves the pain. If not, then you do the other. Unlike with the legs, you can usually address all aspects of the leg. This is not the case with the pelvic veins. You treat what you have access to and hope it works. That said, you probably want to look into some treatment prior to getting pregnant since the pregnancy will only magnify you pain.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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