May 29, 2018
If you’re one of the thousands of women with varicose veins in the vulva or vagina, you no longer have to put up with the embarrassment, annoyance and pain they can cause.
Maybe you’ve suffered in silence, or maybe you’ve talked to your GP and been prescribed pain relief medication only to find they don’t get to the root of the problem.
You may even have developed a condition called pelvic congestion syndrome, where varicose veins cause blood to remain within the pelvis when it should be pumped back to the heart. This stops normal blood circulation to the pelvic organs and causes the veins to push on the bladder, bowel, vagina and pelvic floor.
It causes unpleasant symptoms including an aching or dragging feeling that is usually worse around the time of your period, irritable bladder or stress incontinence, irritable bowel, and discomfort during sex.
To make it worse, many doctors are unaware of this distressing condition and don’t know that there is now an effective treatment.
At The Whiteley Clinic, we offer a treatment for intimate varicose veins and pelvic congestion syndrome that is successful in approximately 75% of patients, who report dramatic improvements in their quality of life. These range from patients who say they are pain-free for the first time in years to those who are delighted to have got rid of unsightly and uncomfortable varicose veins.
Cause, effects and treatments
Intimate varicose veins usually appear in pregnancy and, while they often ease a little after childbirth, they don’t disappear completely. What’s more, if you get pregnant again, the condition almost always gets worse.
Some women find that the varicose veins stay in the vulva, while for others they lead to similar problems in the top of the inner thigh and even further down the upper leg.
We have been studying this problem since 1999 and have developed a diagnostic and treatment process that treats it effectively, using the latest minimally invasive treatments. Our team includes a vascular surgeon, vascular scientist and interventional radiologist.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and under precise X-ray control, we block the problem veins with tiny coils, which reduces the pressure on healthy veins and allows blood to circulate properly again. The technique is called coil embolisation, which has been used for over 20 years in different areas of the body to block off blood vessels, for example in the treatment of testicular and ovarian veins.
However, this is only part of the story. Too often, pelvic vein problems are misdiagnosed and we are proud that our chief vascular scientist, Judy Holdstock, has developed a pioneering technique called the extended pelvic scan, which enables us to examine the patient from several different angles to get the most accurate possible diagnosis. This means they are more likely to get the right treatment for their problem and the highest chance of a cure.
Take the first step today to treat your intimate veins and call us on 0330 058 1850 to book your initial consultation!