The Truth About Severe Menstrual Cramps – Could It Be PCS?

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The Truth About Severe Menstrual Cramps – Could It Be PCS?

The Truth About Severe Menstrual Cramps – Could It Be PCS?

I’m Dr. Kristen Cook and today, I’m going to delve into a health concern that doesn’t get nearly enough attention as it should, Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS). PCS is a chronic medical condition in women caused by varicose veins in the lower abdominal area. It can be difficult to diagnose since it often mimics other conditions. However, with careful evaluation and treatment, women suffering this syndrome can experience significant relief and improved quality of life.

PCS often manifests as a dull ache or sharp pain in the lower abdomen, which intensifies during menstrual periods. Some women may also experience varicose veins on their lower extremities as a result. More often than not, women with PCS suffer from enlarged ovarian veins which put substantial pressure in the pelvic cavity. This causes severe discomfort and hampers their daily activities.

What stands out about PCS is the intensity of the symptoms compared to ‘the norm.’ PCS involves menstrual cramps that are much more severe than average. If you find your periods to be more agonizing than they should be, consider talking to your healthcare provider about the possibility of PCS.

After years of research and clinical experience, I have found two major treatments for PCS, depending on the anatomy of the disease. Balloon angioplasty has shown to be particularly effective if the iliac vein is the cause of discomfort. In this procedure, the iliac vein is stretched out, and a stent is potentially inserted to keep it open.

If the ovarian vein is enlarged, a coil embolization might be the answer. This treatment works by occluding or blocking off the vein to prevent blood from pooling in your pelvis, effectively relieving your discomfort.

It might be a long journey, but it’s important to remember you’re not alone. PCS may not be as recognized as other health issues, but it is just as important. You deserve to live pain-free, and with the right diagnosis and treatment, that can become a reality.

Stay tuned for my next post where we’ll delve deeper into the diagnostic process for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, and the steps you can take to start your journey to recovery.

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