What Are Vulvar Varicosities?

Do you have a feeling of pressure or fullness in the area of your vulva? Does your vulva feel swollen? Do sex, exercise, and long periods of sitting or standing seem to make your discomfort worse? Are you pregnant or have you recently given birth? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, chances are you have vulvar variscosities and are seeking vein treatment, information, and advice.

You may have never heard about varicose veins of the vulva because of it’s not a topic a lot of women like to talk about. They occur in about 10 percent of pregnant women, with onset around the fifth month of a second pregnancy.

What are Vulvar Varicosities?

Simply put, these are veins on or around the outer surface of the female genitalia, otherwise known as the vulva.   These veins look like blue or purple puffy, protruding worms. You may have seen similar-looking veins on the calves or thighs of certain individuals. They can feel lumpy, and achy.

In most cases, vulvar varicosities lessen within six weeks post delivery and don’t interfere with the birth of your baby. They may not go away entirely after your pregnancy, however. They may also reappear upon subsequent pregnancies or as you get older.

In the meantime, what can you do to reduce your vein disease discomfort?

How to Relieve Vulvar Varicosities

There are a number of things you can do to relieve your vulvar veins discomfort, including:

  • Refrain from sitting or standing for long periods of time. Instead, walk, change position, or simply move around.
  • Avoid constipation. Struggling to have a bowel movement puts undue strain and pressure on your veins. Using a small footstool can help make it easier for you to have a bowel movement.
  • Avoid activities that cause straining. This includes pulling, pushing and lifting.
  • Perform pelvic floor exercises. These will help to keep your pelvic muscles strong.
  • Elevate your hips when resting. Use a pillow wedged under your hips for support and to improve circulation.
  • Avoid squatting. This includes kneeling or sitting on a stool.
  • Try swimming. Swimming can help improve the blood flow to your pelvis. Be sure to have doctors approval before swimming, however.
  • Use a support garment. Certain support garments are specifically designed for women who have vulvar varicosities.
  • Apply a cold compress. By applying a cold compress directly onto your vulva, you may find relief from your discomfort.

Are There Other Vein Treatments for Vulvar Varicosities?

Because the walls are thin where vulvar veins are located, sclerotherapy vein surgery is the preferred method to treat symptomatic or large varices that are not managed by curative vein treatments mentions above.  

If you are or believe you might be suffering from vulvar veins, call our Metro Vein Centers today at 248–855–5355 for a free consultation. We have locations in Michigan, Texas, New Jersey and New York for consultation and vein treatment.

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