Types of Venous Issues

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There are different types of varicose veins depending where they are located. Knowing which ones are affecting you could make a huge difference in your treatment options. Although this article will mention them all briefly, it will focus on the varicosities produced in the legs.

Leg venous insufficiencies

People with varicose veins usually see this problem fairly quickly. It is due to spending long periods of time standing or sitting. The veins of the legs and feet are the most affected by this ailment. The pressure that is generated in the veins of the extremities causes the accumulation of blood and the dilation of the blood vessels. They are what is commonly known as varicose veins.


Abdomen and pelvic varicosities

In the abdomen, people may notice swollen veins in their abdominal area, groin and upper part of the thighs. This problem is solved by resorting to surgery. Pelvic varicosities usually appear during pregnancy and are due to the increase of hormones in the body and the increase in the amount of blood that flows through the veins. This type of problem should be treated immediately by a professional because avoiding it could lead to chronic pelvic pain.

Vulvar and uterus issues

Vulvar venous insufficiency occurs in the same way as pelvic varicosities, during pregnancy. It causes higher pressure on the region and results in the emergence of varicose veins. Typically, this problem disappears after pregnancy, and if it persists, doctors may recommend surgery.

In the uterus, unlike the more common varicose veins, these are not visible to the naked eye and are usually detected by causing discomfort or pain in the area. If a patient presents with these symptoms, it is recommended they see a specialist for a consult and determine the treatment to follow.

Testicular problems

In the testes (varicocele), this problem occurs when the veins responsible for draining the testicles are dilated causing the blood reflux to be slower than usual. It is usually not visible and is discovered by looking for other problems related to the genitals. If it is evident, it can be seen from the increase in the size of the area or discomfort in the testicles while standing.


Hemorrhoids are internal or external varicose veins in the anal region. They occur when there is an increased pressure of the veins that make up the hemorrhoidal plexus. It is usually detected because it causes pain, itching or inflammation. The most usual and definitive solution is surgery, although it is possible to treat them conservatively in the first stages of the disease.