Vaginal Varicose Veins..OUCH…Who Knew?

As you may know, varicose veins develop in men and women when the one-way valves that control the return of blood from the lower extremities to the heart are damaged. NHS Heroes online pharmacy in the UK

When working as they should, these valves prevent the blood from pooling in the veins and the resulting swelling.

Unfortunately, some men and women are prone to varicose veins and spider veins because of a genetic predisposition.  A little discussed subject is that women can also develop varicose veins in the vaginal area, especially during pregnancy.

These vaginal varicose veins can occur both within the vaginal vault and outside, where they can be seen more clearly.  Some women complain of pain and discomfort while others noticed the bump but have no change in sensation.

Just as with other varicose veins, women who spend the majority of their day on their feet, will experience greater heaviness and pain at the end of the day.  Also, it is not uncommon for women to find that sex is now uncomfortable or painful.

Women can decrease their pain and discomfort by spending some time lying down with their feet elevated for 30 minutes both in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Also helpful is adding pressure against the varicose veins, as it can prevent them from increasing in size as the day goes on.  A product that is sold specifically to provide support in this area is the Fembrace.

Originally designed to assist women who suffer from genital prolaspe, Fembrace also helps those who have vaginal varicosities.  Another option is to wear a pair of spandex shorts, like those used for sports or biking, and put a thick pad inside them in order to add pressure against the varicosities.

Most obstetricians and gynecologists will tell their female patients that these varicose veins are not uncommon during pregnancy. Fortunately, they usually resolves after childbirth.

If you know you have a varicose vein, or suspect you have one in your vagina, it is important to tell your obstetrician to receive the best advice, and support during the birth of your child. Their suggestions will take into consideration any other underlying medical issues or conditions you are experiencing.

Some women find that icing the vaginal varicose veins will help to decrease the swelling and decrease the pain, and this is a safe home remedy.

However, please, DO NOT use any topical ointments or over-the-counter medications on these veins without first consulting with your healthcare provider, and never, ever, use hemorrhoid cream on them.

The first line of defense is to make sure that whatever form of treatment or relief you use will be safe for use during your pregnancy.