Vulvar varicosities or varicose veins of the vulva during pregnancy is not a common topic of discussion between pregnant women, but it should be. These veins have a low blood flow so even if bleeding occurred it could easily be controlled. As always, for peace of mind and making sure that your health is in no way compromised seeing your health care professional should always be your first step, especially as you are now responsible for that precious life developing in your tummy.
Before I had children, my periods consisted of cramps at the start of each menstrual cycle and the occasional hormonally-charged emotional meltdown over something stupid like running out of coffee. After children, things became a little more intense. My babies were born pretty close together and I breastfed both of them, so I went without a period for over three years, which was pretty awesome.
My nose got fat. My feet grew, bringing them from a normal-ish size 9 to a clown-shoe size 10 Seriously, have you seen size 10 shoes? I gained excessive amounts of weight, garnering regular lectures from my doctor and raised eyebrows from people who had seen me pre-pregnancy.
Ruth Devine September 08, Varicose veins can strike where you'd least expect them when you're pregnant. Here's what to do if you develop the blighters around your lady parts.
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 were divided into two groups: group 1 with 61 women with varicose veins of the pelvis and enlarged vulvar veins, and group 2 with 40 pregnant women 11—38 weeks of pregnancy with vulvar varicosities.
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.
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.
YOUR body can change dramatically during pregnancy - that's to be expected. It's not just the whole "pushing a baby out" process that can cause things to change down there Your labia that's the fleshy part on the outside can change colour during pregnancy, due to the increased blood flow to the area.