Why are Varicose Veins More Common in Women?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that appear near the skin's surface, usually on the legs. They're more common in women than men because of hormone fluctuations and weight gain during pregnancy. Luckily, The board-certified team of vascular specialists at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center can evaluate your vein health with their on-site diagnostics and give you a customized treatment plan to address your pain varicose veins.

What are varicose veins?

The veins in our lower body have the difficult job of carrying deoxygenated blood back to the heart, which goes against the force of gravity. So, when we walk or stand for long periods of time, there's even more pressure on these veins. They have internal valves that close after the blood goes through, which prevents backflow. If the veins become weak or damaged, the valves may not close properly, allowing blood to pool. This is what causes the veins to look twisted, dark, and larger than average. While varicose veins are painful for some people, they're just an aesthetic issue for others. Either way, it's essential to get varicose veins treated because they could lead to complications, including ruptures and ulcers. 

Varicose veins are more common in women

If you're a woman, you're more at risk of developing varicose veins than men because of fluctuating hormones. For example, estrogen may weaken the valves in the veins, leading to varicose veins.

Hormones are found in:

Hormonal changes also occur naturally during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. The extra weight from carrying a baby causes additional pressure on a woman's legs and may cause varicose veins; these may go away within a year after delivery. If not, you'll need treatment. Also, when you're pregnant, there's more blood pumping through your body to support the baby, which causes larger veins.

Other risk factors for women

Lower your risk

To lower your risk of getting varicose veins, lead a healthy and active lifestyle, lose weight if you’re overweight or obese, avoid wearing shoes or stockings that constrict the blood flow to your legs, don't sit or stand in one place for too long, and limit your use of hormonal therapies.

If you think you have varicose veins, contact us to learn about your treatment options At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center. Simply give us a call at one of our three New York locations or schedule an appointment with our convenient online booking tool.

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