Vulvar Varicosities

Vulvar varicosities are swollen veins in the vulvar area causing discomfort and sometimes pain.

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What are Vulvar Varicosities?

Vulvar varicosities are varicose veins (dilated veins) that form on the outer surface of the female genitals, called the vulva. Vulvar varicosities are not just uncomfortable but can also be very painful. Vulvar varicosities most commonly affect pregnant women. However, on rare occasions, they may be seen in others.

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Causes of Vulvar Varicosities?

During pregnancy there are several factors that contribute to the formation of vulvar varicosities:

  • There is an increase in blood volume and an increase in blood flow to the pelvic region.
  • Pregnancy hormonal changes can weaken the walls of veins.
  • The growing uterus can slow blood flow from the lower part of the body towards the heart.

All of these factors can result in blood pooling within the vulva leading to vulvar varicosities. Other contributing factors to vulvar varicosities can include obesity, ageing, genetics, trauma, and injury to the pelvis. Prolonged sitting or standing can also contribute to vulvar varicosities.

Vulvar varicosities can occur alone or be associated with lower limb varicose veins or pelvic congestion syndrome.

Symptoms of Vulvar Varicosities

Vulvar varicosities may be asymptomatic. However, common symptoms include:

  • A feeling of fullness or pressure in the vulva
  • Itching, pain and discomfort in the vulva
  • Swelling


Vulvar varicosities can be diagnosed through a physical examination by an experienced doctor. An ultrasound may be required to assess for associated venous reflux within pelvic veins and/or lower limbs.

Treatments at Vein Doctors Sydney

In the majority of cases, vulvar varicosities will resolve after pregnancy. However, if the varicosity is persistent post-pregnancy, treatment may be required. Treatment aims to address the appearance and symptoms of the vulvar varicosity as well as the underlying cause.

Treatment options include:

  • Conservative measures, including compression garments and lifestyle modification recommendations;
  • Sclerotherapy;
  • Ovarian vein embolization; and
  • Surgery

How can we help?

If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms described above, it is important that you have a consultation with an experienced doctor. Prolonging your diagnosis can result in the worsening of symptoms.

At Vein Doctors Sydney, we are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of vulvar varicosities. We will be able to discuss the treatment options and recommend/provide a treatment plan tailored to your specific condition.

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This consultation is the perfect way for you to learn about what we can do to help you become free of the pain and discomfort of your varicose veins. From start to finish a consultation takes about 45 minutes and the valuable information you will receive will enable you to make important healthcare decisions about your varicose veins.

  • A comprehensive venous ultrasound will be performed.
  • A doctor will discuss the results with you, answer any questions you may have and present various treatment options.
  • A personalised treatment plan will be provided based on the results of your vein assessment.
  • After your consultation, it is important to know that our team are on hand to answer any further questions and to support you through your journey.

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