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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. Craig Schwartz
Phlebology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Ted King
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
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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