Symptoms of Chronic Pelvic Pain
While chronic pelvic pain cause a variety of symptoms, it is often caused by Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS). Some women may not even know that they have PCS. However, often PCS causes a wide range of symptoms. Some of the more common we hear from our patients include:
- Pelvic Heaviness- Women often describe the feeling of extreme heaviness within their pelvis when standing for prolonged periods of time. This heavy feeling can cause cramping, bloating, and signficant pain.
- Painful Intercouse- Many women feel pain during, or immediately after intercourse. This is because all of the veins within the pelvis get enlarged, and swell, causing a fullness, and pressure. It can take hours for the veins to return to normal and for the pain to resolve. This often limits a womens sexual desire due to the expectation that she will have pain during or after sexual activity.
- Avoiding social activities- Many of our patients describe that they often avoid social engagements due to the amount of pressure and pain in their pelvis with long periods of standing. Some women resort to staying home, and limiting their activities due to the fear of having pain. Women also limit their fitness levels because working out can cause the pain to be severe.
- Labial, Pelvic Varicose Veins- Some of our patients describe "varicose veins in the vaginal area". This is not normal, and women with these symptoms almost always have pelvic congestion syndrome.
- Pain and pressure- The most common symptoms of chronic pelvic pain, is of course, PAIN! We understand that this isn't normal and do everything in our power to help make a diagnosis.
These symptoms are not normal and they don't have to continue!
We encourage women to schedule an initial consultation or a second opinion with Dr. Harris at our convenient Newport Beach California office. Direct patient self-referrals are accepted. For women who have already been evaluated by their OB/GYN, Dr. Harris is happy to offer a second opinion or work closely with each patients' Gynecologist.