What is it about?

Pelvic vein reflux causes pelvic congestion syndrome, vulval and vaginal varicose veins, leg varicose veins and potentially haemorrhoids. The Whiteley Clinic has been investigating and treating this for 16 years. Many patients and doctors are worried about having pelvic vein embolization before completing the family. However this paper was the first to look at women who had pelvic vein embolization and then have a pregnancy afterwards. None of the patients had a problem with the embolization coils, showing it was safe to get pregnant after the pelvic vein embolization. However some patients did open new pelvic veins as a result, potentially needing more treatment in the future.

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Why is it important?

This is the first paper showing that it is safe to get pregnant after having had coils embolization of pelvic veins. This means that women with pelvic congestions syndrome, vulval and vaginal varicose veins, and leg varicose veins from pelvic veins can have their pelvic veins treated before getting pregnant.


This is a further paper adding to our research into the investigation and treatment of pelvic varicose veins and pelvic venous reflux. Along with our other published work from The Whiteley Clinic, we are now gaining a full understanding of how to investigate and treat this problem.

Professor Mark S Whiteley
The Whiteley Clinic

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This page is a summary of: The effect of a subsequent pregnancy after transjugular coil embolisation for pelvic vein reflux, Phlebology The Journal of Venous Disease, July 2016, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0268355515623898.
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