Anatomically, the vulvar veins have communicating branches and anastomoses between the pelvic wall and the veins of internal organs, between the internal and external iliac venous system, and with the circulation of the medial aspect of the thigh via the perineal veins. Vulvar varices are not caused by an increase in circulatory volume during pregnancy, but by increased levels of estrogen and progesterone. Vulvar veins are the target of these hormones. Out of embarrassment, women rarely mention vulvar veins and they are not adequately sought in the physical examination with the woman in the standing position during month 6 of pregnancy and the first month post partum. Most often they are asymptomatic.
How to Deal With Varicose Veins During and After Your Pregnancy
Vulvar varicosities are varicose veins at the outer surface of the female genitalia vulva. They occur most often during pregnancy. This is due to the increase in blood volume to the pelvic region during pregnancy and the associated decrease in how quickly your blood flows from your lower body to your heart. As a result, blood pools in the veins of your lower extremities as well as your vulvar region — causing vulvar varicosities. Vulvar varicosities can occur alone or along with varicose veins of the legs. Vulvar varicosities don't always cause signs and symptoms. If they occur, they might include a feeling of fullness or pressure in the vulvar area, vulvar swelling and discomfort.
Varicose veins in pregnancy
Varicose veins are a common pregnancy symptom that can appear in embarrassing places. But hey, one way to treat them is put your feet up…. By Susannah Osborne. And yes you heard right — some poor mums-to-be develop the bulging red veins in their vulva.
Vascular specialist Professor Mark Whiteley of The Whiteley Clinic said varicose veins occur when value in leg veins stop working properly, allowing blood to fall backwards down the veins the wrong way. If they are not investigated and treated properly, expert said they can get worse. For some people this is only visual, aching or ankle swelling but in others this can lead to problems such as blood clots - phlebitis - skin damage and leg ulceration. In reality up to 30 per cent of all adults will be affected by them and, contrary to poular belief, the condition is hereditary and can strike at any time of life. Professor Whitely has shared his knowledge about varicose veins and the undesirable areas where they can develop, as well as the very best treatments available.