Some of the Different Types of Varicose Veins
A lot of people think that varicose veins are restricted to the legs only. In reality, however, they can occur all over the body, and most particularly on the pelvic area, the abdomen, the uterus and the vulvar area. When you try to book yourself in with a varicose vein center, therefore, you should first be aware of which veins you actually want to have treated. Let’s take a look at some of the different types of varicose veins that exist.
A varicose vein is basically a swollen, enlarged vein. They are visible just under the skin’s surface and usually look purple or blue. They can be quite unsightly, unfortunately. When a vein malfunctions, it can become varicose. This can happen to any vein in the body, but it is most common in the feet and legs. This is because of the upright position we are in when standing and walking, increasing pressure on all of the veins in the lower body, damaging them over time.
Few people realize that varicose veins can also appear in the abdominal area. They appear in the same way as they do in the legs, so it is quite easy to identify them. If you have varicose veins in your abdominal area, or in your upper thighs, you will generally be given a special type of garment to wear.
The Pelvic Area
Many women develop varicose veins in their pelvic area during pregnancy. This is because the veins have to be able to carry higher amounts of blood and hormones during this period of time, which can swell up the pelvis, possibly leading to varicose veins. If left untreated, these can be quite painful, so you should seek treatment as soon as possible. In the early stages, creams and lotions are generally enough, but you may end up having to have surgery to deal with them properly.
The Vulvar Area
Again during pregnancy, women have higher levels of blood and hormones in their vulvar area. The uterus is also enlarged, which puts extra pressure on this region. Wearing tight Lycra bike pants or elastic knickers can help. Other women find that wearing thick sanitary pads can also offer relief. Usually, the veins disappear after pregnancy. If they don’t however, surgery may be required. To avoid them, women should sleep on their left side at night, propped up with a pillow to stop them from rolling over.
Varicose veins in this area are also usually discovered during pregnancy, or during routine smear tests or gynecological exams. If the doctor does not prescribe any treatment, it generally means that there is no cause for concern. However, if they do become painful, surgery may be required to remove them.
As you can see, pregnant women are of particular risk of developing varicose veins. However, they can happen to anybody, at any point during their lives. Make sure you seek treatment as soon as you notice the veins.