These veins usually appear in pregnancy and then ease a little after child-birth – although once they have come they do not go completely. Further pregnancies worsen the condition.
In some women the varicose veins stay in the vulva – in many they lead to varicose veins in the top of the thigh – on the inner part of the leg (next to the vulva). These can then lead to varicose veins down the inner part of the thigh or can lead to veins down the back of the thigh.
Most doctors or surgeons do not currently look for this condition and do not know that there is an effective treatment for this. There are some companies that sell “supports” for the vulval varicose veins – however such devices only provide some support and do not get to the root cause of the problem – pelvic vein reflux (or ovarian vein reflux).
Most doctors or surgeons who treat varicose veins either do not know about this condition or do not treat it. As such most either ignore it, or just “pull the veins out” of the top of the thigh – or even inject them. This gets rid of the veins in the short term, but as it does not get rid of the cause of the veins, they come back very soon afterwards.
Here at The Whiteley Clinic we have been studying this problem since 1999 and have developed a process of recognising the problem, identifying the exact cause and then treating it effectively, using the latest non-invasive diagnostic techniques and minimally invasive treatments. It requires a team approach of Vascular Surgeon, Vascular Scientist and Interventional Radiologist.
The techniques that we use are well recognised, tried and tested – we have developed a protocol based approach that is proving very successful in treating this condition.
Professor Whiteley and the members of The Whiteley Clinic have already published research on this subject and more research is on the way to show the effectiveness of their treatment.