Gender and Vein Health

Caregiver helps somebody putting anti thrombotic stockings on 300x200 1 It’s no secret that men and women have vastly different health concerns. There are many specific issues that women and men face as they age, but one that often flies under the radar is the disparities between gender and vein health. Many women over 50 must keep watch of their vein health, whereas it is generally less of a concern. Many people are curious about why this occurs, and we can shed some light on the little-known fact.

Here are a few reasons women must monitor their vein health more than their male counterparts.

Hormonal Differences

Women have a unique set of hormones that set them apart from men. The hormones estrogen and progesterone play crucial roles in menstruation and pregnancy, and many experts believe these hormones are partly responsible for increasing the likelihood of developing venous conditions. Estrogen and progesterone relax muscles responsible for moving the blood in your veins. When this happens, it can cause blood to build up, causing veins to bulge and leading to varicose veins.


Pregnancy causes your body to undergo many changes. One of the most significant adjustments your body makes during pregnancy is doubling its blood volume to accommodate your growing baby. The extra blood can sometimes overwhelm the blood vessels, causing them to swell and create varicose veins. Most cases of pregnancy-related varicose veins resolve themselves a few weeks postpartum. However, with more children you have, there comes an increased risk of developing persistent varicose veins because of the ebbs and flows of blood volume.

How To Handle Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can create uncomfortable symptoms such as itchiness, burning, and cramping. Our office has many innovative strategies that work best for your needs, helping to treat your varicose veins and restore your quality of life. Depending on your needs, our professionals can recommend

  • Wearing compression garments
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy
  • Sclerotherapy
  • And others

You don’t have to wait for varicose veins to worsen before taking action. Let our office design a plan that fits your needs. To learn more, please schedule a consultation at one of our 3 locations by calling us at 703-763-5224.

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