Vulvar Varicosities are varicose veins that develop in a woman's vulvar region, typically during the course of a pregnancy. They can be very painful, and can lead to intense swelling that can make sexual intercourse a non-starter.
Vulvar varicosities are also among the more embarrassing issues a woman will encounter during pregnancy, leading many women to try their best to get through it without informing their doctor. This is a bad idea.
In most cases, vulvar varicosities can be effectively treated using only compression therapy. A special undergarment called a V2 Supporter ( http://www.eganmedical.com/V2-Supporter-p/ormt-v2s.htm ) is worn by the expecting mom, applying constant pressure to the vulva and vulvar region. In most cases, this alone is sufficient to bring about significant relief of symptoms.
In severe cases, a technique known as sclerotherapy may be used to reduce the pain and swelling. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a foam or liquid into the veins themselves in order to reduce the swelling.