Varicose veins on the legs in women: the scourge of the 21st century

The first sign of varicose veins in the legs of women is their fatigue.

Varicose veins of the lower extremities is a disease that affects beautiful women four times more often than the strong half of humanity. And if before this ailment was considered "age-related", mainly exceeding women after 50 years, now phlebologists speak with regret of their markedly increased "youth".

And the fears of doctors are quite understandable, because more and more women whose age is barely 30 years old are approaching them. Therefore, it is necessary to find out what is the danger of varicose veins on the legs in women, what are the causes of their occurrence, symptoms and methods that are known today to get rid of the disease.

Signals to sound the alarm

Doctors have long established general signs of varicose veins of the legs, once detected, it is necessary, without delay, to go to an appointment with a vascular surgeon.

The following factors eloquently proclaim the appearance of varicose veins:

  • Swelling of the legs and feet, especially in the evening, after a busy day at work. In the initial stages of the disease, edema, as a rule, completely disappears after a good night's rest, but if the disease has passed into chronic stages, this symptom becomes a permanent companion of the patient.
  • Pain syndrome in the gastrocnemius region, a feeling of fullness that is not released until the patient assumes a "lying down" position.
  • A woman consulted a doctor with clear signs of varicose veins
  • Varicose veins on the legs of women noticeably spoil the appearance of a beautiful leg. Often the appearance on the surface of the skin, before such a uniform and smooth reddish blood vessel mesh, makes beautiful women urgently rush to the doctor.
  • In places on the calves of the legs, especially in the popliteal region, prominent, often knotted, brightly colored venous vessels are seen. The color of the veins on the legs can range from dark blue to brownish purple.

If you have encountered one or more of these unpleasant phenomena in yourself, then you should know that these are the symptoms of varicose veins of the legs, and making an appointment with a doctor is the most urgent need in thissituation.

What can happen if you don't see a doctor in time?

This disease is not dangerous in any way just a deterioration in the appearance of the slim legs of women. In addition to the fact that now you have to give preference to dark pants and leggings, throwing your favorite miniskirts on the back shelf of the closet, the following can happen:

  1. If urgent measures are not taken to treat blood congestion in the venous vessels of the legs, the next stage in the development of the disease is thrombophlebitis. This is because the blood, which thickens in the deformed veins, gradually forms blood clots that clog the vessels. By entering the heart or lung artery, blood clots cause death.
  2. The appearance of dermatitis and, subsequently, and trophic ulcer. The skin, on the surface of which the diseased vein has protruded, first darkens, becomes thinner, tightened, due to which an unhealthy glow appears. Subsequently, further thinning, such skin is easily exposed to external injuries, and the inflammatory process begins not only within the vein, but also on the surface of the skin. This can result in a trophic (non-healing) ulcer, which is an open wound that drains.
  3. A venous vessel, when deformed and stretched, can simply "leak", resulting in bleeding, which can be both internal and external.
  4. If ulcers and other skin damage have already formed, pathogenic bacteria and infections easily enter the bloodstream through them. This can have dire consequences in the form of gangrene and the need to amputate the affected limb.

Where do female varicose veins come from?

Working on a computer is the reason for the development of varicose veins

This unpleasant and intractable disease affects girls and women much more often than men, and here is why.

  • The causes of varicose veins in women often stem from harmful heredity. If the grandmother, mother, and older sisters suffer from venous insufficiency, then the risk of it occurring in the younger generation is much higher than in those in whose female lineage this disease is absent.
  • Professional factor. If, due to the nature of your activity, you have to spend a lot of time on your feet (these are salespeople, teachers, surgeons), then blood stagnation in the lower extremities is common. The same consequences occur for those whose work involves prolonged sitting at the desk in front of the computer.
  • Wrong food. It's no secret that many women like to indulge in sweets, high-calorie pastries, something spicy like marinades, sauces, and spicy condiments. All of these treats, if eaten frequently, cause the blood to thicken. As a result, blood flow is disrupted, congestion forms, and veins in the legs are deformed.
  • Another factor in the appearance of varicose veins lies in the fact that a married woman, burdened by everyday life, children and work, simply does not have time to spend time with her loved one. As a result of the lack of time for the gym or simply for physical exercises at home, the calf muscles lose their tone, no longer maintaining normal pressure within the vessels of the legs. In addition, deformation of the venous walls occurs, and stagnation of blood does not take long.
  • Changes in hormone levels. It can be both the climacteric syndrome and pregnancy. In the latter case, varicose veins can be caused not only by hormones, but also by increased pressure on the legs, which is why it becomes increasingly difficult to carry a growing belly. Also, the intensity of blood flow in pregnant women doubles and the venous vessels may simply not be able to cope with such a powerful load. Therefore, all women "in an interesting position", especially in the last trimester, need a regular preventive examination by a phlebologist.
  • Preference for high heels in everyday life. Although this shoe makes a lady attractive in the eyes of a man, it is very detrimental to the health of your legs! A constant load on the lower leg is a harbinger of blood congestion and pathological deformation of the vessels of the gastrocnemius region.

How can female varicose veins be cured

The set of measures on how to treat varicose veins in the legs in women is usually the following:

  1. Stop the development of the disease.
  2. Elimination of the symptoms of the disease.
  3. Preventive measures.

Before prescribing treatment, a phlebologist conducts the necessary examination and determines the degree of development of the disease.

If the disease has not gone too far, as evidenced by the absence of blood clots and other serious consequences, varicose veins can be cured.

Drug therapy

Generally prescribed for this disease:

  • Ointments and gels that tone the venous walls, strengthen them, and also normalize intravenous (venotonic) blood flow. In addition, horse chestnut-based products are very effective.
  • Tablet preparations with anticoagulant and antithrombotic action.
  • Tablets that help eliminate and prevent inflammation within the veins. And also these funds perfectly help to relieve pain.
  • Anti-edema drugs.

Hardware treatment

In addition, there is hardware therapy, which is also very effective in treating varicose veins.

  1. The device, invented by South Korean specialists, perfectly helps tired legs, relieves pain and eliminates swelling.
  2. A device that helps restore the damaged structure of the blood vessels and soft tissues in the sore area of ​​the calves.
  3. A device that normalizes venous circulation due to its vibrations.
  4. Complex effect device that restores the tissues affected by varicose veins, relieving swelling, pain and inflammation.
  5. A device that heals sore veins with a laser, speeds up blood flow, and relieves pain in the veins.
Herbs have a beneficial effect on the condition and health of the veins.

Traditional methods

And there are also many home remedies on how to treat varicose veins on women's legs. These are ointments, compresses, rubs and various tinctures for oral administration.

  • For example, you can make such a tincture. Take 1 large tablespoon of calamus roots, thyme, crow's foot, thread, birch buds. Put everything in a saucepan, pour 1 liter of boiling water there. Heat in a water bath for about half an hour. Then cool, drain and drink 1/2 cup before meals three times a day. The course of treatment is 1 month.
  • Varicose vein compresses made from fermented dairy products are also very good. You can use kefir alone, or you can pour finely chopped leaves and flowers of bitter wormwood into it (or into yogurt). After wrapping the compress on top with a film and insulating it with a blanket, lie down for about half an hour. Then the feet should be rinsed and smeared with the varicose vein ointment, recommended by the doctor.

Radical measures

In the later stages of varicose veins, the following are commonly practiced:

  1. Minimally invasive treatment methods: laser and radiofrequency correction, microflebectomy, sclerotherapy.
  2. Classic surgery, when the diseased part of the vein (and sometimes the entire venous vessel) is completely removed.

Preventive measures

Read them and try to follow the tips that will help you overcome varicose veins.

  • Correction of the daily ration. All fatty foods high in cholesterol, spicy marinades, salinity, smoked meats, as well as strong teas, coffee and alcohol are prohibited.
  • If a woman smokes, it will significantly complicate the treatment of varicose veins. Therefore, it is necessary to rebuild and abandon the addiction.
  • Wear corrective leggings and leg warmers. This is a special underwear that venous patients should wear so that the intravenous pressure is normalized and the further development of vein deformity is stopped. For the prevention of venous diseases, class 1 underwear is recommended, if the capillary mesh is already visible, and the edema has become more pronounced, then you need to buy stockings of the second compression class. And in the case of significant deformation of the vessels, the third compression class of such underwear is used.
  • Revitalizing Fitness Complex. There are many physical exercises recommended to combat varicose veins. This can be jogging short distances, lifting the lower extremities, swinging the legs.

Also, yoga can be an excellent aid only if its postures (asanas) do not involve prolonged static tension of the calf muscles. For the same reason, team sports are excluded: volleyball, soccer, basketball, weightlifting, long and intense sprints.


In order for the development of venous disease to stop as soon as possible, you must adhere to these principles:

  1. Put aside high heels and buy high-quality, comfortable shoes made from natural materials.
  2. Avoid baths, saunas and solariums.
  3. Replace intense sports loads with more gentle ones, not forgetting to discuss exercise with your doctor.
  4. If you don't exercise, you should recover and set aside half an hour a day for a therapeutic exercise complex.
  5. Order your diet by including as many vegetables, grains, and seafood as possible in your diet. For example, the secrets of Japanese women, famous for their long youth and good health, lie precisely in the abundance of "seafood" and rice on the daily table.

All these measures are also excellent as prevention of varicose veins for those who do not want to face this harmful disease.

After all, any ailment is much easier to foresee and prevent than to deal with its unpleasant manifestations. Love yourself! And stay healthy!