When you think of varicose veins, chances are you only imagine the ones that are generally found on your legs. However, did you know varicose veins can appear in other places on the body as well? Usually, varicose veins affect your extremities. However, varicose veins can also affect other parts such as the torso, face, and even the pubic region.
Vulvar varicose veins are generally temporary in nature and are not symptoms of more complex medical conditions. However, they can cause pain and discomfort when they appear. Pregnant women most commonly suffer from this type of vein disease. However, it tends to disappear after they’ve given birth and when the vaginal area started to heal itself.
What Are the Causes of Vulvar Varicose Veins?
Hormones are linked to this type of vein disorder. Furthermore, the extra blood that circulates throughout the body while pregnant can also be a cause. In addition, weight gain is a common factor too. When vulvar veins occur during pregnancy, your doctor will not treat the issue. Instead, he will offer suggestions that will relieve the symptoms.
How to Find Relief from Vulvar Varicose Veins During Pregnancy
Our first recommendation is to try and avoid gaining too much weight during gestation. Your obstetrician will be able to guide you on the proper amount of weight you should be gaining. Other things that may help include changing positions when sitting or lying down. Staying in one position for too long can increase the pressure felt on the vulvar veins. Also, when you are laying down, put a pillow under your hips. Elevation can help improve circulation. Finally, when the pain and discomfort seems to be overwhelming, place a cool compress on the area. You will be amazed at how much this helps! The coolness helps reduce swelling, which also reduces the pressure.
Most of all, remember that you’ll probably have a few more months to deal with the vulvar varicose veins. Once the baby is born, the veins will most likely disappear on their own.
Varicose Veins Treatment
The top vulvar varicose veins treatment in women who are no longer pregnant or nursing is the use of sclerotherapy. This is a process in which we inject fluid directly into the varicose vein. Additionally, this causes the vein to collapse and the body absorbs it. Furthermore, we use a topical anesthetic to keep the procedure from being painful.