Varicose veins and spider veins often run in some families. Women are more likely to have varicose veins and up to 50% of women may be affected at some time during their life. This could be due to hormones during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, the use of birth control pills & hormone replacement therapy.
- Pregnancy: Many pregnant women get varicose veins. This is partly due to changed hormone levels but also the extra blood in the body which causes veins to get bigger. In addition to this the enlarged womb with the baby can press on nearby veins which increase pressure in turn on the veins in the legs. After your baby is born the varicose veins may disappear though with successive pregnancies, abnormal veins are more likely to remain.
- Other factors that are linked to varicose veins include standing for long periods of time and previous injury to the leg.
If you are based in Manchester, you can contact our Manchester vein clinic to book an appointment.
If you are based in Cheshire, please contact our Cheshire vein clinic to book an appointment.