Varicose Veins and Gender
Unfortunately for women, there’s no getting around the reality that females are more likely to suffer from varicose veins than males. Studies have identified two primary reasons why women suffer from visible varicose veins more frequently:
- Pregnancy – Excess internal pressure caused by increased weight is known to cause blood pooling in veins, which in turn makes them enlarged, visible, and often painful. While some development of visible veins during pregnancy may be unavoidable, by staying within the healthy pregnancy weight range for her body type, a woman can decrease the build-up of pressure and reduce her risk of varicose veins.
- Hormones – The presence of estrogen, a naturally occurring hormone in females, is known to contribute to the development of visible varicose veins. These effects can be exacerbated when estrogen levels are increased or otherwise unbalanced. For this reason, the prevalence of varicose veins seems to increase in those taking hormonal birth control, women currently going through menopause, or receiving hormonal replacement therapy (HRT).
Whether a female patient is suffering from varicose veins, spider veins, reticular veins, or a variety of other vascular conditions, the minimally invasive treatment options at Visible Varicose Vein Center can help alleviate the physical pain and social discomfort caused by vein conditions. Treatment at the Visible Varicose Vein Center begins with a free consultation, which can be requested by calling the number above, or by filling out our convenient vein consultation request form found on our contact page.