Varicose Veins

heart Apr 09, 2020

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 

  • prolonged sitting
  • prolonged standing
  • crossing your legs when sitting
  • lack of exercise 
  • lack of muscle tone in your legs
  • excess weight or rapid weight gain



  • elevate your legs
  • exercise, especially forms that strengthen your leg muscles
  • consider cold water therapy, as the cold temperature helps to tone your blood vessels
  • consider massage or acupuncture



  • consider the herb "Horsechestnut". This herb is fabulous for toning and tightening veins. It can be used for any vein weakness eg varicose veins or hemorrhoids.
  • vitamin C - helps reduce capillary fragility
  • circulation stimulating foods eg ginger, garlic, onion, chili, pepper, etc. As they help stimulate venous return.
  • other nutrients to consider include: Vitamin E, fish oil, turmeric, beetroot, and bioflavonoids.


In extreme cases surgical removal is possible.


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