What is Pelvic Venous Congestion Syndrome ?
Pelvic venous congestion syndrome is also known as ovarian vein reflux. It is a cause of chronic pelvic pain in approximately 13-40% of women. It is often caused by dilatation of the ovarian and/or pelvic veins, rather like varicose veins but in the pelvis. The pressure resulting from the varicosity of pelvic veins results in the pain of pelvic congestion syndrome and may also cause visible varicose veins around the vulva, vagina, inner thighs, sometimes the buttocks and down the legs.