Pelvic Congestion Syndrome: Who Usually Develops It and How to Treat the Condition

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The Doctors are happy to share how guest Johnelle's medical mystery was finally solved after years of suffering.

The 19-year-old shared the moment on TikTok, where she is seen overcome with emotion after being told her pelvic congestion syndrome (thought to be caused by problems with the veins in the pelvic area and the blood in the pelvic area backing up) could be treated.

The condition had caused her severe pain, intense bleeding during her cycles, peeing when she would laugh, pain during sex, issues with bowel movements and. and back and leg pain. Initially, Johnelle was told she likely had endometriosis, due to her symptoms and age. She explains pelvic congestion syndrome is usually seen in older women who have previously given birth and not someone who is only 19 years old.

The Doctors note the common symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome can include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Intense genital pain during sex
  • Pain after sex
  • Extreme pain after prolonged standing

Johnelle’s OB/GYN Dr. Heather Bacala joins The Doctors and Johnelle tells her, "You have given me my life back."

Dr. Bacala explains very large blood vessels in Johnelle’s uterus, which tilted the uterus to the side. She put Johnelle on high-dose oral progesterone and had her start physical therapy for her pelvic floor to better align her uterus.

The OB/GYN says there are other treatment options available if these do not work, but is hopeful they will not have to explore those options as they can be dramatic for someone who is as young as Johnelle.

Get more information and resources on pelvic congestion syndrome.

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