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Will varicose veins in my genital area go away after birth?
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Dr. Joe Golowa
Radiology - Interventional
3 doctors agree
In brief: Varicose veins
Likely relates to enlarged uterus compressing on pelvic veins.
When baby is born uterus should return to normal and veins will decompress. Of they do not see a vascular specialist.

In brief: Varicose veins
Likely relates to enlarged uterus compressing on pelvic veins.
When baby is born uterus should return to normal and veins will decompress. Of they do not see a vascular specialist.
Dr. Joe Golowa
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Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Once the increased blood volume of pregnancy resolves and the pressure and weight of the uterus reduces, the veins will be able to drain better. The vessel walls are weakened, though, so will remain "flabby" and won't go back to their original size.

In brief: Yes
Once the increased blood volume of pregnancy resolves and the pressure and weight of the uterus reduces, the veins will be able to drain better. The vessel walls are weakened, though, so will remain "flabby" and won't go back to their original size.
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
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Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Some patients eventually need injections of the labial veins for them to go away, ESP. If they are persistently uncomfortable. These are injected in the office with local pressure using compression stockings and a pad overnight.... Or Spanx with local compression for only labial veins. There are some patients who have to have their venous insufficiency treated as well as pelvic vein treatment. Please see A vein specialist who specializes.
Dr. Mark Robbins
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Pelvic VV
Pelvic v.V. Are usually caused by a condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome.
When this occurs during pregnancy, it usually resolves after delivery. However, if symptoms of pelvic pain and fullness, or painfull intercourse are experienced, and vulvar varicosities persist, further treatment may be required. The most common cause is ovarian vein and pelvic vien reflux disease.

In brief: Pelvic VV
Pelvic v.V. Are usually caused by a condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome.
When this occurs during pregnancy, it usually resolves after delivery. However, if symptoms of pelvic pain and fullness, or painfull intercourse are experienced, and vulvar varicosities persist, further treatment may be required. The most common cause is ovarian vein and pelvic vien reflux disease.
Dr. Mark Robbins
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Mostly, almost
The enlarged veins in your genital area that develop during pregnancy do shrink a significant amount after delivery.
They may no longer be noticeable to you but they almost never go away entirely. When they don't go away at all, they can often be easily treated by a vein specialist (phlebologist) be treated using sclerotherapy.

In brief: Mostly, almost
The enlarged veins in your genital area that develop during pregnancy do shrink a significant amount after delivery.
They may no longer be noticeable to you but they almost never go away entirely. When they don't go away at all, they can often be easily treated by a vein specialist (phlebologist) be treated using sclerotherapy.
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Most varicose veins will become less distended almost immediately after delivery.
They won't actually go away but you won't see them or feel them.

In brief: Yes
Most varicose veins will become less distended almost immediately after delivery.
They won't actually go away but you won't see them or feel them.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Dr. Ruth Crystal
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
During pregnancy, the weight of the baby can put pressure on the vulvar veins causing the blood to pool in these veins (varicosities).
Pelvic pressure and the feeling of "everthing falling out the bottom" may indicate vulvar varicose veins. The v2 supporter can help a lot: http://www.Prenatalcradle.Com/v2.Htm avoid long plane or car trips where you will sit a long time. Lay down when possible.

In brief: Yes
During pregnancy, the weight of the baby can put pressure on the vulvar veins causing the blood to pool in these veins (varicosities).
Pelvic pressure and the feeling of "everthing falling out the bottom" may indicate vulvar varicose veins. The v2 supporter can help a lot: http://www.Prenatalcradle.Com/v2.Htm avoid long plane or car trips where you will sit a long time. Lay down when possible.
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
They should go away to a certain extent since they occur because of the weight and pressure of the pregnancy on your veins.

In brief: Yes
They should go away to a certain extent since they occur because of the weight and pressure of the pregnancy on your veins.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Varicose veins
Pregnancy can cause varicose veins due to pressure of increasing size of uterus and secondary due to hormonal changes Would recommend use of maternity support pantyhose during pregnancy Most will resolve within a few months after completion of pregnancy

In brief: Varicose veins
Pregnancy can cause varicose veins due to pressure of increasing size of uterus and secondary due to hormonal changes Would recommend use of maternity support pantyhose during pregnancy Most will resolve within a few months after completion of pregnancy
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
In brief: Maybe
Vaginal and upper thigh veins usually worsen during pregnancy for many reasons including hormonal changes, increased pelvic pressure and subsequent back pressure causing increased blood in the veins.
Although this may improve after pregnancy, often times these veins will continue and can even worsen especially with subsequent pregnancies.You should see a vein specialist for definitive treatment.

In brief: Maybe
Vaginal and upper thigh veins usually worsen during pregnancy for many reasons including hormonal changes, increased pelvic pressure and subsequent back pressure causing increased blood in the veins.
Although this may improve after pregnancy, often times these veins will continue and can even worsen especially with subsequent pregnancies.You should see a vein specialist for definitive treatment.
Dr. John Landi
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