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Why Women Should Be Aware of Vein Complications 

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Why Women Should Be Aware of Vein Complications 
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An unfortunate truth for women is that they are twice as likely as men to develop varicose veins. This can happen for several reasons. Luckily, many professionals understand that patient education is crucial, which is why we’re going to highlight why it is important that women should be aware of vein complications. 

What Are Varicose Veins? 

Varicose veins develop in the legs where blood is fighting gravity and distance on its way back to your heart. These veins have minuscule valves that close once your blood flows through them, preventing the blood from spilling backward toward your feet. This promotes good circulation. 

Whenever these valves weaken or fail — which is something called venous insufficiency — blood pools in the lower legs, causing the vein to swell and twist. The extra pressure directs blood back toward your skin’s surface, creating the appearance of varicose veins. 

Most varicose veins aren’t medically serious. However, they can lead to more serious venous conditions over time.

Symptoms associated with varicose veins include: 

  • Legs that feel heavy 
  • Cramps or aches in the legs 
  • Venous ulceration
  • Itching 
  • Rashes or skin discoloration 
  • Bulging veins 

Why Are They Predominant In Women? 

There are two reasons why women get varicose veins more than men – pregnancy and hormones. 

Added estrogen from hormone medication for menopause or birth control can cause the valves in your blood vessels to weaken. This makes your legs more susceptible to developing varicose veins. 

Pregnancy is another factor for women. When pregnant, there is much more blood flowing throughout your entire body since your body is trying to nurture a new life. This puts extra pressure on your veins. For some women, these engorged veins go away a few months after giving birth. However, many women never see these varicose veins go away. 

The risk of developing varicose veins increases with each successive pregnancy, and it is a lot less likely that the veins will simply vanish on their own accord. 

What are Spider Veins? 

Spider veins (or telangiectasias) are also a concern for women. Appearing purple, red, or blue, these tiny veins are visible on the skin’s surface. Hormones influence their development, and they tend to have a genetic factor. Over time, they have a tendency to multiple in the same general area, often in the lower legs and feet. They aren’t generally dangerous, but they do indicate that your veins aren’t functioning as they should. 

How Can You Treat Varicose and Spider Veins? 

Professionals such as AmeriVein have treated varicose veins in women and seen the complications they can cause. For fine veins, they use laser therapy since it is the least invasive technique. However, tumescent enhanced sclerotherapy is highly effective with spider veins and does not involve a high concentration of injection solution. You’ll also receive fewer treatments than you would with traditional treatment. 

For varicose veins, it is recommended that you wear compression stockings (which can reduce the sense of heaviness in the legs) to start. 

Just because varicose and spider veins aren’t usually dangerous doesn’t mean you should delay treatment. Repairing these damaged veins is important for circulation, plus there are the obvious cosmetic benefits of getting those hideous-looking veins to finally go away. 

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