Why Are Women More Susceptible to Varicose Veins?

Both men and women suffer from varicose veins, but women are usually more susceptible. In fact, nearly twice as many women, especially older women are affected. This is mainly due to specific hormonal differences. Women tend to produce more progesterone than men, which is a hormone that helps relax blood vessels as well as weaken them. Due to this hormone, blood can pool in your legs and produce varicose and spider veins. 

Our expert vascular surgeons, Dr. Steven Heird, and Dr. David Winand, at Advanced Vein & Laser Center, can evaluate your varicose veins and create an appropriate treatment plan.

Cause and impact

Your heart works tirelessly, pumping blood through your arteries into your tissues. Muscle contractions in your lower legs help return the blood through the veins back to the heart. If the valves in your veins weaken, this can hamper blood flow, allowing it to pool in the veins. This causes them to stretch into twisted-looking varicose veins. 

Additional factors may increase your risk for varicose veins, such as:

Anything that inhibits blood flow can cause varicose veins. 

While any superficial veins may become enlarged and twisted, varicose veins most commonly arise in your legs. Our doctors can discuss lifestyle changes that may help prevent future occurrences, as well as minimally-invasive treatments.

Recognize the symptoms

While many varicose veins only look unsightly, some can cause discomfort and pain. 

Other symptoms include:

These symptoms may worsen and lead to more serious health problems, including blood clots (superficial phlebitis) and unsightly venous stasis ulcers. Those with varicose veins may also be more susceptible to experiencing dangerous deep vein thrombosis.

Ease your pain and suffering

Exercising, watching your weight, and eating a high-fiber (low-salt diet), can improve your circulation. If these treatments fail to help, it might be time to visit our office. 

Our doctors can reduce your pain and embarrassment through a variety of treatments, including:

To relieve the pain and unattractive appearance of varicose veins and other vascular problems, simply visit our website and book an appointment.

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