Current concepts of pelvic congestion and chronic pelvic pain

JSLS. 2001 Apr-Jun;5(2):105-10.


Chronic pelvic pain in women is a common and disabling illness caused by numerous organic pathologies usually accompanied by varying psychological dysfunctions. Many patients may receive misdiagnosis, misdirected therapies, or do not seek help at all. Pelvic congestion may be responsible for pain in patients without more common diseases, such as endometriosis and pelvic adhesions, among others. Our view of this condition is evolving. In the United States, this medical condition remains controversial. More recent research from the United Kingdom has caused a fresh look at the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain produced by pelvic congestion. Potentially, many patients may benefit from a reconsideration of this approach.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology*
  • Pelvic Pain / therapy
  • Pelvis / blood supply*