Women And Venous Disease
- Women tend to be at a higher risk for Venous Reflux Disease due to genetics, hormones, and pregnancies.
- If a women is predisposed to Venous Reflux Disease their odds of developing varicose veins are increased.
- Venous Reflux disease can also occur due to hormonal changes.
- A womens hormones change drastically during three stages of their life: puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
- In addition to hormone changes, during a pregnancy the volume of blood in a womans body increases and concentrates flow to the pelvic area. Designed to support the development of the fetus this change, in addition to added weight, can also cause greater stress on the veins in your legs resulting in the appearance of varicose veins.
- Women can wear compression stockings, elevate their feet periodically throughout the day, and lie on their left side throughout the duration of their pregnancy to alleviate added stress to the veins in their legs.
- Jobs where a woman is exposed to both prolonged standing and prolonged sitting can be another risk factor that contributes to the presence venous reflux.
- Depending on the level of venous dysfunction, elevating legs or wearing compression stockings can be helpful in alleviating these sometimes painful symptoms. However, if the disease is more progressed and symptoms have worsen over time these conservative therapies might prove to be less than helpful. Working moms with these conditions might be a good candidates for a workup by a vein care specialist.
Bunker Vein and Imaging Center
2712 Bee Caves Road, Suite 122
Austin, TX 78746
Tel: (512) 726-0599
Round Rock Location
301 Hesters Crossing
Round Rock, TX 78681