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.
Vulvar varicosities - what is it? | Pregnancy health | Pregnancy
This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited The full terms of this license are available at https: By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. Abstract Objective Vulvar varicosity is a relatively common venous disorder in women with varicose veins of the pelvis and lower extremities and in pregnant women, but there is little information in the medical literature concerning its diagnosis and management. The aim of this study was to describe our experience with women with vulvar varicosities who were examined and treated at our center during — Patients and methods Patients were divided into two groups: Results In most cases, vulvar varicosities were able to be diagnosed at clinical examination.
Vulvar varicosities: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
Treatments When pregnant, sleeping on the left side may improve symptoms of vulvar varicosity. Treatment usually focuses on managing symptoms at home, since vulvar varicosities typically go away within 1 month of giving birth. Ways to prevent the veins from getting worse include: If the veins do not disappear a few months after giving birth, surgical procedures can be used.
Answer From Julie A. 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.