A 21-year-old member asked:
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if i have varicose veins in my legs, is there a chance it will spread to my vulva?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
18 years experience Dermatology
Rarely spreads: Fortunately, varicose veins in the legs do not spread to the vulva. Vulval varicose veins are not directly related to leg veins, though the same genetic tendency that make a person prone to getting leg veins can also predispose you to getting vulval varicose veins. Vulval varicose veins often develop during pregnancy and usually improves once the baby is born.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Craig Schwartz
33 years experience Phlebology
Minimal: Varicose veins in the legs are due to an underlying vein flow problem in the leg itself, and although associated varicosities can spread proximally, this is very rare. Vulvar or labial varicosities generally arise from a pelvic source, and are most commonly seen in pregnancy, where they can become highly symptomatic, but can be treated very simply, to resolve pain, by serial injection treatments.
Answered on Nov 4, 2016
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Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King commented
39 years experience Phlebology
As Dr. Schwartz said, vulvar varicose veins generally come from a pelvic source and most commonly start during pregnancy. From there, they can cause varicose veins in the legs rather than having varicose veins in the legs causing vaulvar varicosities. The good news is that if you do develop vulvar varicose veins with pregnancy, they can be treated easily, safely, and effectively with sclerotherapy
Mar 3, 2012
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience Phlebology
The other way around: As dr. Schwartz said, vulvar varicose veins generally come from a pelvic source and most commonly start during pregnancy. From there, they can cause varicose veins in the legs rather than having varicose veins in the legs causing vaulvar varicosities. The good news is that if you do develop vulvar varicose veins with pregnancy, they can be treated easily, safely, and effectively with sclerotherapy.
Answered on Apr 12, 2012
Dr. John Landi
46 years experience Phlebology
VV and vulva veins: The cause of varicose veins is malfunctioning (refluxing) of the saphenous system of vein. Although a side branch (pudental) of the saphenous system goes to the vulva, this does not usually lead to vulva VV. Vulva varicosities usually occur during pregnancy and can be due to back up from the pelvic veins and, sometimes, from the saphenous vein. Routine saphenous reflux does not cause vulva VV'S.
Answered on Oct 22, 2016

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