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Why are women more likely to develop varicose veins than men?

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Why are women more likely to develop varicose veins than men? Primarily the cause of women having varicose veins more than men is their hormones, estrogen. Estrogen and pregnancy increase the risk of varicose veins. Women during times of hormonal changes, puberty, pregnancy, menopause - during those times is their estrogen and progesterone levels change. They are more prone to develop varicose veins. And pregnancy is especially a risk factor. When women are pregnant, for many of them, this is the first time they notice their varicose veins. Pregnancy increases their blood volume by 40 percent. This increase in blood volume is pooled in veins in the legs a lot of times, and that distends the veins. It stretches the veins, and that, or course, then become more prominent in a varicose. For some women, the veins remain damaged. They were stretched so much they damaged valves in the veins. And even after the women deliver, the veins do not go back to normal. They remain varicosed and then over the years, this progresses.

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