When you think of varicose veins, you probably think of an elderly woman. Why is that? Unfortunately, for women, they tend to experience varicose veins more than men. There are a few reasons why this is the case.
Pregnancy: the additional weight gain during pregnancy that she will carry around for most of the year is very difficult on the leg’s veins. The heaviness of the baby and additional body weight that is placed on the legs can result in venous insufficiency, which causes damage to the veins. Blood clots are not uncommon in pregnant women, so careful monitoring is essential by her doctor. Luckily, a lot of these veins disappear after the baby is born and the stress on the legs is removed.
Hormones: the topic of hormones ties into pregnancy as well since hormone fluctuations are common during pregnancy. Women tend to have more hormone changes during their life than men. If there is too much estrogen in a body, it can lead to major health issues. Experiencing large fluctuations in estrogen increases the likelihood of developing varicose veins. That is why you will notice that women during pregnancy and menopause tend to get varicose veins.
Clothing: a lot of women will opt for fashion over their own comfort. Wearing skinny jeans and tight leggings are restricting to the body and put a lot of pressure on the veins. Also, high heels are detrimental to good legs. The position in which the foot is forced into does not engage the calf muscle. This muscle is very important in helping the veins pump blood back to the heart. So, if the muscle is restricted from movement, it cannot do its job.
We are not saying that only women get varicose veins, just that they are more prone to them due to the above points. If you feel that you have venous insufficiency, go to EVeinScreening.com for a FREE vein evaluation.