According to the American College of Phlebology, up to 50 percent of women in the U.S. may be affected by varicose veins or spider veins in their lifetime. That makes women four times more likely to have varicose veins than men! There are several reasons why women are more affected by varicose veins. Check out three common reasons below…
Varicose Veins & Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a common cause of varicose veins in women for a number of reasons:
- During pregnancy, women go through many hormonal changes. Some hormonal changes (natural and synthetic) can lead to varicose veins.
- Pregnancy results in an increased weight and an increased volume of blood. In some women, abdominal pressure and the increased volume of blood can lead to the development of varicose veins.
- Oftentimes, varicose veins that appear during pregnancy will naturally improve during the three months following delivery. Unfortunately, successive pregnancies may cause swollen veins to continue to enlarge.
The Estrogen Connection
Some researchers believe that women are more susceptible to varicose veins because of increased estrogen levels, whether those levels are caused by the use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, or estrogen replacement therapy (more on that below). Fortunately, advanced varicose vein treatment techniques like Venefit (TM) have made this problem easier to address.
HRT & Varicose Veins in Women
Many women want to know if hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will cause varicose veins. If a woman has no personal or family history of deep or superficial venous thrombosis, it’s unlikely that HRT alone will cause varicose veins.
However, studies have found that women with varicose veins who are taking combined HRT (estrogen, progesterone, and progestin) have a slightly increased additional risk of venous thromboembolism, a lethal disorder that requires medical intervention.
Lastly, studies have shown that women are more likely to report lower limb symptoms associated with varicose veins. So, perhaps the data is a little skewed on account of men not speaking up! Learn more about your varicose vein treatment options in the Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix areas.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.