The Veins of the Pelvis and Legs

To understand where vulval and vaginal varicose veins come from and how we can treat them, we need to have some understanding of the veins in the leg and pelvis.

Anatomy of the pelvic veins - ovarian veins, iliac veins, renal veins, inferior vena cava - and upper leg veins

Above is a diagram showing the main veins that are involved.

Blood is pumped from the legs, up through the veins in the pelvis and abdomen, back to the heart.

Blood also flows back from the kidneys, through the Renal Veins, to join this flow to the heart.

In normal people, blood flows up from the ovaries in the Ovarian Veins (or from the testicles in men through the testicular veins), joining the main veins as shown in the diagram.

If the valves give up in the veins, pump failure occurs and the blood falls backwards down the veins (ie: goes THE WRONG WAY). This is explained in www.veins.co.uk.

If this happens in the Saphenous veins in legs, you get Varicose Veins or Leg Ulcers.

If it happens in the Ovarian or Pelvic veins, you can get Vulval Varicose Veins, Vaginal Varicose Veins or Pelvic Congestion.

At The Whiteley Clinic we have developed methods of diagnosing and treating these conditions using the latest non-invasive techniques and minimally invasive treatments.

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