Is It True?

Women get varicose veins more often than men.

Scientifically speaking, Veins and capillaries are highly sensitive to estrogen, and women are more likely than men to have varicose veins, spider veins.
Varicose Veins are 3 times more common in Women

Pregnancy causes varicose veins.

Pregnancy by itself does not cause varicose veins, but if you have the underlying vein valves which are weak, then they may start leaking during pregnancy, and the veins become more visible during pregnancy. In most cases, these dilated veins disappear after delivery. This is true for most women.
Repeated pregnancies will however lead to further damage to weak venous valves, and will increase the severity of varicose veins.

Study of 405 women with Varicose Veins

You should wait until you've had your family before getting your veins fixed.

As noted above, pregnancy does not cause varicose veins, but does make them worse. Therefore the sooner the veins are fixed:

Varicose veins are only cosmetic and can safely be left alone.

This is not true. Even tiny spider veins can be the cause of great discomfort such as burning and numbness in the thighs. This is usually due to irritation of small nerves which run alongside the veins. It has been shown that treatment of such spider veins with a technique called Sclerotherapy can lead to significant relief in many patients. Many of these spider veins are in turn connected to underlying perforator veins, which may also need to be close to give a longer lasting relief.

Larger varicose veins may not cause pain or discomfort in many patients. However over a period of time, the increased pressure in these veins will cause darkening and pigmentation of skin around the ankles, dryness of skin and itching, and may lead to non healing wounds called ulcers.

In some cases, the stagnant blood in these larger veins can clot ( thrombosis). A small clot can break off and go upto the lungs via the right side of the heart, causing a life threatening condition called Pulmonary embolism. Occasionally the clot may lodge into the deep veins of the legs, causing Deep Vein Thrombosis.
Therefore, Varicose veins are not to be taken lightly!

Standing or Sitting for long periods of time causes varicose veins.

Standing still for long periods of time probably does not cause veins (If so, most of the Indian Army would have varicose veins). However, if there is underlying leg pump failure or weakness of your leg valves, then standing or sitting still for long periods of time is most likely to make both the symptoms and the speed of deterioration of the varicose veins worse.

Inactivity Aggravates Venous Disease

Varicose Veins run in families( Heriditary)

This is the one "commonly known" fact about varicose veins that does appear to be true. Varicose veins do run in families. However, it is not necessary that every person in the family will surely get varicose veins. Similarly, even if there are no varicose veins in your family at all, you can still have leg pump failure, failed valves and varicose veins.

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