Risk Factors for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

If any of the following apply to you, that means you could be at risk


2 or More Pregnancies

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is common in women who have been pregnant multiple times


Varicose Veins

Since Pelvic Congestion Syndrome affects veins in the pelvis in much the same way as varicose veins affect veins in the legs, the two conditions often occur together


Polycystic Ovaries

This condition, in which a woman has small cysts (fluid-filled growths), on her ovaries, which are not harmful themselves, can lead to hormonal imbalances that result in Pelvic Congestion Syndrome


Hormonal Imbalances

Excess estrogen causes pelvic veins to dialate and can lead to Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. Common causes for increased estrogen include insulin resistance, the onset of menopause and obesity

Ovarian Vein Embolization (OVE)

A state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedure performed by our expert doctors


What is OVE?

Ovarian Vein Embolization is a procedure where a doctor inserts a thin catheter to close off swollen veins in the pelvis, thus preventing them from continuing to swell with blood.


Minimally Invasive

The procedure only requires a small nick in the skin, about the size of a grain of rice. This means less pain and virtually no scarring. Plus, you can usually get back to your daily activities in just a few days!


Outpatient Procedure

Since OVE is such a minimally invasive procedure, you can go home the same day! In fact, the actual procedure typically only takes 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the severity of the case.

Our Expert Doctors

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Danny Chan, M.D.

Suzanne Slonim, M.D.

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Dr. Aaron Ashton

Aaron Ashton, MD

Common Questions

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How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Diagnosed?

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is often diagnosed using pelvic ultrasound imaging or MRIs, as well as through a patient's medical history. Less commonly, other methods of diagnosis may be necessary.

What Are the Success Rates of OVE?

Ovarian Vein Embolization is a safe, effective procedure with a very high success rate. In fact, 90% of women who undergo the procedure reported an improvement of their symptoms.

Will the Procedure Hurt?

Before the procedure, local anesthetic is applied to the area where the catheter will be inserted. Plus, you will be given a sedative to help you relax before the procedure.

How do I prepare for the procedure?

We will carefully explain instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. We will also provide you with written instructions.

How Treating Pelvic Congestion Can Help PoTS

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Request an appointment if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms

  • Irritable bladder
  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Varicose veins on vulva, buttocks or thigh
  • Pain often increases during the following times:
    • Following intercourse
    • Menstrual periods
    • When tired or when standing (worse at end of day)
    • Pregnancy 

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