It is estimated that one-third of all women will experience chronic pelvic pain in their lifetime. The causes of chronic pelvic pain are varied, but are often associated with the presence of ovarian and pelvic varicose veins. Pelvic congestion syndrome is similar to varicose veins in the legs. In both cases, the valves in the veins that help return blood to the heart against gravity become weakened and do not close properly, which allows blood to flow backwards and pool in the vein. This can cause leg pressure adjacent to the uterus, ovaries and vulva. Up to 15% of women, between the ages of 20 and 50, have varicose veins in the pelvis, although not all experience symptoms.
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