Why Varicose Veins are More Common in Females

Gender plays a huge role in whether or not you get varicose veins. Discover why women are more susceptible to getting varicose or spider veins than men.

Varicose and Spider Veins are Caused by Increased Levels of Progesterone

Both males and females produce the hormone known as progesterone. However, women produce more than men. It is this increased production of progesterone that makes women more likely to experience varicose or spider veins.

Progesterone is a natural hormone that the body produces to help maintain several vital organs, but that isn't all it does. It also helps relax the walls of blood vessels. The relaxation of the blood vessel walls is what results in the development of varicose or spider veins.

Spider and varicose veins happen because the walls of the blood vessels weaken. When blood flows through the body it puts pressure on the walls of the blood vessels. If the walls are weak the blood can start to pool in the leg which, over time, results in the development of varicose or spider veins.

Men can Still Get Spider and Varicose Veins

Just because men don't produce high amounts of progesterone, it doesn't mean they won't get varicose or spider veins. Other factors, such as weight, the type of food you eat, medications you take, and how frequent you exercise or move around, can increase or decrease your risk of getting varicose or spider veins.

Vein Treatment Options for Varicose and Spider Veins

At first, when varicose or spider veins start to develop they may be asymptomatic. However, as time goes on, they may cause more and more problems that interfere with your day-to-day life. Symptoms of varicose and spider veins can range from a dull ache or throb and skin discoloration to intense leg cramps, itching, and pain. It is best to seek treatment for varicose or spider veins before symptoms become problematic.

A number of vein treatment options exist for varicose and spider veins. Treatment options that may be recommended for these types of vein disorders include:

  • VenaSeal
  • Varithena
  • Venefit
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Cutera XEO – Laser

Most of these treatment options are non-invasive, relatively pain-free, and can be performed right at the vein clinic.

Dr. Stevens at Premier Heart & Vein Care in San Luis Obispo, California can provide you with recommendations for how to best treat your varicose and spider veins. During your first visit with Dr. Stevens, he will conduct a venous ultrasound exam and a physical exam. This allows him to accurately assess your case and create the best treatment plan for you.

If you believe you have varicose or spider veins don't wait to get treatment. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevens.

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