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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Pelvic congestion syndrome causes chronic pain in the pelvis and affects millions of women worldwide. Those who suffer from PCS have severe, dull pain that lasts more than 6 months.


Typically, the pain associated with PCS is a dull ache, but it may also be sharp or throbbing. The pain is due to a buildup of blood in pelvic veins that are stretched and twisted, like varicose veins in the legs. The condition worsens with long periods of sitting or standing, menstruation or sexual intercourse. The pain may fade when lying down. PCS is often accompanied by:

  • Lower back pain
  • Leg aches
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Urinary frequency