Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) can be caused by varicose veins in the pelvis (lower abdomen and groin). These veins develop during pregnancy and continue to grow in size.

The syndrome is associated with the following symptoms:

  • Swollen vulva/vagina
  • Varicose veins (vulvar, buttocks, legs)
  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Tenderness to touch in lower abdomen
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Backache
  • Vaginal discharge

Pain usually worsens:

  • Just before the onset of the menstrual cycle
  • At the end of the day
  • After prolonged standing
  • During or just after intercourse
  • During later stages of pregnancy

Tests and Investigations


If you need more information on Pelvic Congestion Syndrome please contact the Sydney Skin and Vein Clinic