Causes

The causes of varicose veins are varied: Overweight and lack of exercise, genetics, work, caused mainly by sitting or standing positions, contraception, pregnancy etc.

Some causes that can provoke varicose veins:

  • Hereditary factors: The cause of varicose veins is very likely to affect people whose parents or grandparents suffered from varicose veins.
  • Overweight: Heavy legs require a larger amount of blood flow to the arteries, which must be pumped out by the veins. This causes congestion.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnancy is the most common cause of varicose veins in women (especially in the last few weeks of the pregnancy), because when the pregnancy progresses pressure builds up in the veins, which makes the flow of blood from the heart difficult.
  • Menopause: The typical hormonal fluctuations that occur during menopause can also cause varicose veins.
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure (that can be caused by overweight) can also create varicose veins.
  • Tight clothing and/or footwear: Clothing should be loose, soft and good ventilated. Clothing that is too tight on the legs (stockings, suspenders, and corsage) and belts that weaken the blood circulation should be avoided by those suffering from and vulnerable to varicose veins. High heel shoes should also be avoided.
  • Birth control pills and hormonal medicines: Taking the Pill leads to the retention of liquids which supports failure of the venous veins. During their cycle a large number of women noticed a change in their veins through hormonal fluctuation. Many confirmed that after taking the Pill small spider like veins appear.
  • Physical inactivity or either muscle contraction of the sole of the foot can lead to clotting of the blood and congestion of the venous valves.
  • Sitting or standing during long working periods: The same problem appears when you sit or stand in one position for too long, the muscles are insufficiently exercised. Other than that because of the rigid starting position the recirculation system works against