Myth #1: Only older women get varicose veins
While it may be true that older women are the group most likely to develop the condition, it’s also true that it can affect people of all ages and genders. In fact, about 25% of people diagnosed with the condition are men. Being overweight, living a sedentary lifestyle, and having a family history of the condition are just some of the things that may increase your risk of developing varicose veins, and those are things that can affect anyone at any age.
Myth #2: Crossing your legs causes varicose veins
While this is a myth that’s been cited many times, there are actually no studies to prove that crossing your legs increases your risk of developing varicose veins. This idea was probably born from the thought that crossing your legs decreases blood flow in the area and puts more stress on your veins, but, as stated above, there have been no conclusive studies to support this theory.
Myth #3: Varicose veins are purely cosmetic and do not need to be treated
This is probably one of the most dangerous myths about varicose veins. If left untreated, varicose veins can actually lead to Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), which may result in blood clots, thrombosis, and skin ulcers. Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue, and if you suffer from them, you should see your doctor to make sure that they don’t develop into a more serious condition.
Myth #4: Varicose veins can be treated, but they will always reoccur
This is a myth that comes from prior inadequate treatment of varicose veins. With today’s advanced procedures—ones that are more organized, safe, and efficient—the treated vain will stay closed in 98% of cases.
Myth #5: Women shouldn’t treat their varicose veins until they are through having children
Pregnancy is one of the leading causes of varicose veins and many women think that they should wait until after they are done having children to get their varicose veins treated. They believe it will save them time and money in the long run. This, however, is simply not true. Varicose veins should be treated as soon as they present symptoms. What may be fixable right away can become more and more difficult to treat as time goes on. Further, varicose veins are an oftentimes-painful affliction; one that is made even worse when a woman is pregnant and extra stress is added to her veins. To avoid that additional pain, it’s probably a good idea to treat the condition before becoming pregnant again.