The distended veins around the ovary and in the pelvis can push on the bladder and rectum. This can give symptoms of:
As the hormones in the menstrual cycle affect these veins, these symptoms (if present) are worse around the time of the period.
Not every woman with pelvic vein reflux gets symptoms. Many don’t know there is any thing wrong UNTIL they get pregnant.
During pregnancy the veins in the pelvis dilate further – and then open up varicose veins in the vagina – then the vulva – and finally into the legs.
Women with this problem seem to develop vulval varicose veins and vaginal varicose veins during pregnancy (we have found two ladies with this condition who haven’t been pregnant).
When the baby is delivered, the vulval varicose veins and vaginal varicose veins usually get smaller as the hormones reduce.
However, the veins that have been opened have lost their valves and hence continue to reflux. If left untreated, these veins spread into the leg and appear as varicose veins.
In some women the veins have been so distended, they can’t return to normal afterwards and they remain with large, unsightly and occasionally painful varicose veins of the vulva and vagina.
These problems can all be cured using the techniques that we have developed at The Whiteley Clinic.