Frequently Asked Questions

Women have some of the same risk factors for varicose veins as men: age, heredity, the effects of gravity, and more. We have the added risk of our female hormones and the ability to have children. Some hormones, such as progesterone, can have a weakening effect on our vein walls. You may notice the effects of this if you have increased aching, pain, heaviness, or throbbing in your legs before or in the first few days of your menstrual cycle.

Many women report starting to see spider veins develop in their teens, after starting birth control pills, or during a pregnancy. Each of these situations are associated with significant changes or fluctuation in our female hormones.

If you think that your pregnancy may have caused your bulging varicose veins, you may very well be right.

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles. Although not always serious, they can be painful, unattractive, and can sometimes lead to other problems.
Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs. Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart. When these valves do not work as they should, blood collects in your legs, and pressure builds up.

Restless leg dyndrome (RLS) is characterized by an irresistible urge to move in order to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. The sensations can range from pain or aching in the muscles, feeling like something is “crawling” under the skin, a “pins and needles” sensation, or even an uncomfortable itch or tickle that won’t go away. In some cases, there is no specific sensation, just a strong urge to move

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