Pelvic varicose veins in women

Pelvic varicose veins? …Yes it exists!

They affect more than 25% of women with more than one child (multiparous). Pelvic or ovarian varicose veins are varicose veins affecting the organs of the pelvis starting with the ovaries, uterus, vagina, vulva, lips, bladder and rectum. The most common symptoms of pelvic varicose veins are low back pain, pelvic pain, menstruation disorders, leg varicose veins pain during menstruation, urinary disorders, pain during intercourse, hemorrhoids and constipation, and finally varicose veins of the buttocks and legs. Be careful, the symptoms are not all always present, sometimes it is even asymptomatic.‍

Diagnosis and treatment

The diagnosis is rarely made, often underdiagnosed. Most often discovered by the gynecologist during a caesarean section or during a routine endovaginal ultrasound. Diagnosis is made by Doppler ultrasound, MRI, or pelvic phlebography. Symptomatic pelvic varices require pelvic venography. It is an examination that makes it possible to draw up a pelvic map in order to draw up the course of action to be taken. The treatment is done as for varicocele in humans, by embolization of the pelvic varicose veins, this technique consists of blocking the diseased veins using several methods, namely, obliterating with a coil or gluing the varicose veins with a synthetic glue. The intervention is painless, and is very low risk.

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