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How to cure vulvar varicose veins during pregnancy and postpartum

Vulvar varicose veins compression therapy treatment during pregnancy can relieve pain and reduce symptoms.

You are not alone if you have vulvar varicose veins. This may not be a hot topic of conversation, but many women during pregnancy experience swollen veins on their vagina or vulva. This condition often occurs during pregnancy due to increased blood flow and pressure in the pelvic floor, resulting in varicose veins of the vulva or vagina.

The symptoms of vulvar varicose veins are:

  • pain in the vulvar area

  • feeling of fullness or pressure

  • swelling and discomfort

In more extreme cases, full and dilated blood vessels can resemble dark purple swollen veins (often looking like large earthworms). There are several steps you can take to prevent this condition from getting worse, reduce swelling, and potentially cure your varicose veins.

Take steps to take care of yourself so that your pregnancy is comfortable and healthy.

Treatment:

#1 WEAR A COMPRESSION SUPPORT GARMENT

The use of an abdominal band with inguinal compression therapy bands is essential to support vulvar varicose veins. Direct compression on vulvar varicose veins and/or vaginal varicose veins helps prevent swelling, adds support to swollen veins, and helps move blood throughout the pelvic floor area to prevent varicose veins and buildup. Some support wear products also provide shoulder straps to the system, which is even more beneficial because they provide a lift to the abdomen and further reduce pressure on the pelvic floor.

#2 AVOID STANDING FOR A LONG TIME

Avoid standing for long hours and try to take breaks to relieve pressure on your pelvis with short intervals of sitting or lying down. If you have a job that requires you to be on your feet, it’s even more important to wear a compression support during these hours to counter the pressure of the baby’s extra weight and gravity pulling down on your varicose veins. Ask your employer to provide time slots when you can change your position from standing to sitting. Ideally, lie down for 10 minutes here and there throughout the day. This is obviously not realistic for some jobs, however you are pregnant and have rights at work regarding the safety of you and your baby. Obtain a note from your OB stating your needs and submit it to your employer.

#3 RAISE YOUR HIPS

When you lie down, raise your hips by placing a pillow under your buttocks. This helps improve blood flow in the pelvic floor area and reduces swelling in the veins.

#4 FRESH COMPRESS

When you have a chance to lie down, place cold compresses on the vulvar varices to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Make sure the packs are cold in the refrigerator, not frozen, so that the temperature feels comfortable and relieved.

#5 AVOID LIFTING HEAVY OBJECTS

If you have a young child, this is difficult, but try to avoid heavy lifting. Squat down to talk to your toddler or sit down and ask him to sit on your lap to talk instead of picking him up. Ask for help to lift groceries or other heavy objects. ASK FOR HELP! I need to say this again because women are generally the ‘helpers’ and tend not to ask for help. As a pregnant woman, you need to take care of yourself. Who knows, you might make someone else’s day by reaching out and asking for their help.

You can learn even more about vulvar varicose veins or confirm the information in this short article by reading:

Mayo Clinic article on vulvar varicose veins

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