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Pregnant. Dull ache after showering. Swollen labia with dark patches. What is the treatment?

I am a 31 yr old white female & 23 weeks pregnant with my 4th child. I have been experiencing a dull ache down below & after showering the other day I noticed my labia is swollen with clusters of dark spots that are not itchy or painful just uncomfortable when I'm walking. I am quite worried & embarrazed by it as I have never experienced anything like this before so any help would be much appreciated.
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Hello, I would be happy to help you with your question.

The dull ache and appearance of your labia is related to 'vulvar varicosities'. These are veins in the labia that can get swollen during pregnancy and certainly uncomfortable. They are accentuated in certain positions, as in standing in the shower. They are similar to hemorrhoids around the rectum. You should talk with your doctor about this and ask about compression stockings that come up above the waist.

I hope that this helps and good luck - Please ask me if you have specific questions!
Answered: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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