Women and men alike put a lot of time, energy, and money into their looks. We do whatever we can to prevent ourselves from getting older, or at least looking like we are getting older. It can be pretty discouraging when we think that we are doing everything we can, but we end up finding out that we have varicose veins. However, this shouldn’t be all that discouraging, as there are many causes of varicose veins—some of which we may not have complete control over. Let’s get into it.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins occur most commonly in the legs. So if you suffer from leg pain, restlessness, or discomfort, chances are you are showing symptoms. Varicose veins are larger, more twisted veins that tend to bulge out of your skin more than normal.
Not to be confused with spider veins, varicose veins are much more noticeable and tend to cause a lot more pain and discomfort.
The Most Common Causes of Varicose Veins
Typically, the causes of varicose veins revolve around damaged valves in the veins. The damage to the veins can make your legs seem unsightly and even have a harder time performing. If you already have them, you already know what it’s like. It can be rather devastating, especially when you do what you can to look and perform your best.
Some of the different factors that can increase the likelihood of getting varicose veins include:
- Increasing age
- Medical history
- Hormonal changes
- Lack of movement
- Excessive sun exposure
Here are some of the more common reasons:
Women are more likely to get varicose veins for a variety of reasons. The biggest of which is pregnancy. Pregnancy puts a lot of stress on your body and causes many changes. Those changes have a lot to do with hormones.
The older you get, the more changes your body experiences. You’ll lose strength in a lot of areas—this includes your veins. Sometimes when veins get weak, they start to flow backwards, creating bulging varicose veins.