Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is a condition caused by varicose veins hidden in the lower abdomen and pelvic. As Professor Mark Whitely
, Consultant Venous Surgeon and Founder of The Whiteley Clinic
tells R29 “just like varicose veins in the leg, if the valves in the pelvic veins fail, then the blood that should be pumped out of the pelvis and back to the heart stays inside the dilated varicose veins. This stops the normal blood circulation to the pelvic organs and causes the large varicose veins to push on the bladder, bowel, vagina, and pelvic floor.” This pressure can cause irritable bladder, irritable bowel, deep discomfort during or after intercourse and an aching or dragging in the pelvis. The poor circulation also increases risk of inflammation in the pelvic vein, causing more pain.