Why are women more likely to develop varicose veins?
Varicose veins are a condition that can affect both men and women, of various age groups; however, women are four times more likely to develop varicose veins throughout their lifetime. And here is the real reason why:
Hormones and Varicose Veins
A primary reason why women are more susceptible to the development of varicose veins is due to hormones. A key hormone related to varicose veins is Progesterone. This natural hormone i
s found in both females and males, but is much more abundantly produced by women. Progesterone levels can fluctuate and can ultimately affect the strength of your venous walls, which is why women are more likely to develop varicose veins. Progesterone can help to relax the venous walls. This can cause problems in the legs, because when the vein walls are relaxed they may become
weaker. When blood begins to flow through the weaker vessels, it can end up pooling in the lower extremities which can lead to developing varicose veins.
As a result of this hormone, women tend to be more likely in developing this vein condition; however, progesterone production is not the only factor that can lead to varicose veins. This is why men can also develop varicose veins, and why not all women get them. Factors such as, heredity, lifestyle, and weight can all affect your chance of developing this vein condition.
Other factors that make it more likely for women to develop varicose veins:
- During pregnancy extra pressure is put on your veins, and this can lead to the formation of varicose veins. You can read more about this topic in one of our other blogs.
- During menopause, a hormonal imbalance causes the vein walls to thicken and constrict blood flow. This can lead to the development of varicose veins. You can read more about this topic in one of our other blogs.
- Birth control pills
- Taking birth control affects your hormones, and can cause hormonal imbalance. The estrogen hormone in birth control can cause the walls in your blood vessels to become thin and weak. This can lead to pooling in the veins, and the development of varicose veins.
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