Varicose veins are dilated or twisted veins under the skin. Why are we talking about them on a menopause website? Because with the reduction of estrogen during this time, you becoming more prone to developing varicose veins. As estrogen has a role in strengthening and maintain the integrity of your blood vessels.
Varicose veins can be caused by a weak value, from weakness in the vein wall itself or increased pressure within the vein. It's basically a pooling of blood in the legs. There are 2 types: primary and secondary.
Primary varicose veins are just a cosmetic concern. Secondary varicose veins are more problematic, many women find them uncomfortable, they ache, the skin over the affected area also changes to become drier and can be itchy and discoloured. The discomfort caused can be temporarily relieved by elevating your legs.
Other triggers for the development of varicose veins include
In extreme cases surgical removal is possible.