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What Have My Ovaries Got To Do With My Leg Veins?

Recently, I treated Emma from Bristol who developed very large, uncomfortable varicose veins around her vulva and upper thigh during pregnancy. After she had her baby, the veins around her vulva disappeared but the veins in her thigh persisted and gradually got worse. Her duplex ultrasound scan showed that the veins in her thigh were filling from her ovaries.

She had a condition called “Ovarian Vein Reflux”. The treatment for this is controversial, but my approach is to treat these veins with ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy unless there are symptoms of pelvic pain, bladder irritation or pain during intercourse. So far, … Continue reading »

Vulval and Vaginal Varicose Veins

Varicose veins affecting the vulva and vagina are a particularly embarrassing problem.  In many cases, they arise during pregnancy or after childbirth and multiple pregnancies are the main risk factor for these types of vein.  They are  associated with reflux in the ovarian veins of the pelvis and abdomen which is thought to develop during labour.  The veins may improve after pregnancy, but they may often continue to be a source of discomfort and embarrassment.  When varicose veins of the vulva and vagina are associated with painful periods, pelvic pain, urinary disturbance, bloating or bowel disturbance, the condition is called … Continue reading »