Any time you experience pain in your pelvis, you should consult a doctor. Varicose veins could be the source of the symptoms.
The location of these varicose veins is what causes unique discomfort, and it also leads to treatment that is different from the procedures used to address varicose veins in your legs.
If your pelvic pain increases before and after your period, that is because hormones are increasing blood flow in that region of your body. The increased flow expands the blood vessels, and some of them will ache – a condition called pelvic congestion syndrome.
The ovarian vein, through which blood flows from the ovaries back to the heart, is susceptible to becoming varicose. Other veins that reach into your legs might also be affected and begin to throb. Ultrasound is commonly used to determine the source of the pain, but a CT scan or X-rays might also be ordered.
Medicine is sometime prescribed to treat the pain of pelvic varicose veins but these veins can also be permanently treated in ways similar to the varicose veins found in legs. Because the vein is deeper inside your body, however, the treatment is most often done in a hospital, and while you will probably not stay overnight, you might remain for several hours.
Although the treatment is more involved than regular varicose vein procedures, it is safe and long-lasting, just as with treatment of veins in your legs.