What You Should Know About Menopause and Varicose Veins

Some 70% of 40 million Americans that have varicose veins will have issues by the age of 60. While the likelihood of experiencing issues is inevitable, there are factors that contribute to the onset and severity of varicose veins. Hormonal fluctuations, including menopausal symptoms, are linked to vein physiology.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are a type of vein disease caused by damaged or weak veins, which allows your blood to flow backward in your legs against the flow of gravity. The blood can pool in your vein, creating dark-purplish discoloration as well as cause swelling, progressive pain, and discomfort. Other symptoms could include cramping, throbbing, a heaviness, itching, or even restless legs.

How Does Menopause Relate to Varicose Veins?

Women experience a decrease in the production of the estrogen and progesterone hormones, during menopause. The lower hormonal levels affect the circulatory system which can mean varicose veins will develop.

What About Menopause And Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are common, as is menopause. The issue of varicose veins is sometimes linked to complications like ulcers, blood clots (thrombophlebitis), and even bleeding issues where the vein may burst and require medical attention.

Research and medical studies are inconclusive about whether oral contraceptives (OC) and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may increase the risk of blood clots and varicose veins. As medical professionals, we can help you to understand why these complications are happening so you can avoid them in the future.

How Lifestyle Choices Make a Difference

Varicose veins may be inevitable but awareness and healthy lifestyle choices can make a huge difference. We recommend that you exercise to improve your muscle tone and circulation, but eating a low-salt, high-fiber diet can also make a difference.

Beyond watching your weight and exercising, here are a few tips:

  • Avoid wearing high heels and tight nylons.
  • Start moving.
  • Don’t fall into a sedentary, inactive lifestyle. Put your feet up at the end of the day.
  • Walk, swim, and bike to keep your leg health and circulation optimal.
  • Take a break and listen to your body.
  • Manage your salt intake.
  • Include fiber in your diet to avoid constipation.
  • Consider using compression stockings.

Remember, we’re just a quick phone call away with more tips, ideas, and suggestions. We’re here to help you cope with varicose veins. If you notice additional swelling, bleeding, sores or a rash, ulcers, or vascular problems, contact us directly. You can also make an appointment for any questions you have about your varicose veins and your health, particularly as you experience menopause.

Call us at 425-277-8346 (VEIN) to Schedule Your Appointment Today!