Menopause and varicose veins can have a large impact on a women’s health. Women experiencing menopause have to deal with a variety of symptoms that are less than pleasant. If the heat flashes and mood swings weren’t enough, going through menopause also increases a woman’s risk.
We know hard it is to go through menopause. We want you to know that were here for you to find the relief you need. If you have varicose veins from menopause, read below about how you can live a healthy life again.
Do you have varicose veins from menopause?
Similar to aging, menopause can affect the body causing bones to become brittle and sexual desire to deteriorate. It can also cause discolored, bulging veins in legs to appear. The development of varicose veins is due to a decreased production of the hormones: Estrogen and Progesterone. Decreased hormone levels cause the walls of the veins to weaken. Also leading to malfunctioning vein valves, increasing the chances of blood collecting in the legs and ankles.
The normal aging process often causes blood vessel walls to weaken. Women are more likely to suffer from varicose veins than men due to the hormonal changes that occur before and during menopause. In fact, a recent study published in Science Direct stated that 31 percent of menopausal women had varicose veins.
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Vein Disease for
Varicose Veins From Menopause
Unfortunately for some women, taking the extra precautions and following all of the “doctor’s orders” may not be enough to combat the development of varicose veins. For these women Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) may be a good solution. HRT involves artificially raising the levels of the hormones that diminish during menopause.
Below are some pros and cons of HRT to help you decide if this option is right for you.
Pros of HRT
Some women experience only slight to moderate symptoms during menopause, while others experience severe symptoms. HRT can help the visibility of varicose veins and ease other symptoms associated with underlying vein disease. HRT is useful in preventing osteoporosis, which can help you to avoid fractures later in life. It can also help relieve hot flashes, sleep problems and mood swings, and lower your risk for colon cancer.
Cons of HRT
Many people don’t like the fact that HRT is artificial and alters our bodies natural aging process. In some cases, it can also lead to other health conditions like breast and uterine cancer, heart attack or stroke. Women who undergo HRT can also experience blood clots and a rise in blood pressure.
HRT can help lower your risk of developing varicose veins, but it won’t prevent it completely. If you already have varicose or spider veins, you should get checked for the underlying cause. This will help prevent more varicose veins from forming and can also relieve some of your symptoms. At USA vein clinics, all of the treatments we offer are nonsurgical procedures, done in an office-based setting.
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Blood Clots
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has found that women taking hormone replacement therapy medication have an increased risk of developing blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot in one of the deep veins in either of your legs develops. This blood clots has the potential to dislodge and travel to the lung, where it can cause a fatal blockage also known as a pulmonary embolism (PE).
In the same study, researchers found that women who were actively taking hormone replacement therapy pills were 58 percent more likely to get a blood clot than those who were not on that medication. However, it is also important to realize that the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis is still low and there are tangible ways to help prevent this from occurring. Vein treatment used in conjunction with lifestyle changes, as well as taking precautions when traveling, can help you prevent blood clots.
What Can I Do to Decrease Vein Disease Severity During Menopause?
Fortunately, there are several things that can be done to prevent the onset of vein disease. Participating in low-impact exercise is good for your circulatory system overall, and can help to keep blood from pooling in the legs. If you sit for long periods of time, remind yourself to get up and move every hour. However, these lifestyle changes are only the first piece in the puzzle. It’s crucial to find out how vein treatment can reduce your risk of serious health conditions like venous ulcers or blood clots. Vein treatment works by routing your blood flow to healthy veins, allowing your body to absorb the damaged ones. Once the blood is rerouted, symptoms such as heaviness, fatigue, swelling, restlessness, burning, or cramping should go away. This is because blood is able to successfully circulate from your legs to your heart.
In addition, if you are going through menopause, its very important that you are aware of all of the risk factors that can lead to vein disease. Menopause shouldn’t slow you down or cause you to avoid exercising due to leg pain or swelling. Vein treatment can help you live life without painful symptoms, so you can stay active and healthy.
Whether you know have vein disease, or need to get checked, USA Vein Clinics makes vein treatment easy and convenient. Our treatments take between 15 to 30 minutes depending on the number of veins affected. All of our treatments are covered by Medicare, as well as most insurances and is approved by the FDA. Don’t suffer through menopause with painful legs, contact us at 888.768.3467 to learn more about which treatment would work best for you.
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