7 Common Myths About Varicose Vein Causes

October 31, 2021 The Vein Institute

Are you concerned about varicose veins? Have you heard conflicting advice? There is a lot of different information available and understandably, it can all get a bit confusing. Considering that varicose veins will affect an estimated 20% of all adults at some point in their lives, its time to put some of the misconceptions to rest. Let’s try to debunk 7 common myths about varicose veins.

Myth 1: Pregnancy Always Causes Varicose Veins

Pregnancy does increase the risk of varicose veins developing, but it does not guarantee that you’ll get varicose veins. Pregnancy may also aggravate any existing vein issues, making it seem like your varicose veins are a direct result.

Myth 2: You Can Cure Varicose Veins with Massage

While massage can reduce discomfort and swelling from varicose veins, it will not cure them or make their symptoms disappear completely.

Myth 3: A Family History of Varicose Veins Means You Will Have Them Too

Whilst a family history of varicose veins means you’re more likely to develop them, many other factors also affect your risk. Studies have shown that if your mother has them, the risk of you developing them is 40% whilst if your father has them the risk is 30%. Unfortunately you can still develop them even if you have no family history. Using the oral contraceptive pill, prolonged standing and work, and previous trauma to your leg is like to predispose to developing these veins.

Myth 4: Crossing Your Legs Leads to Varicose Veins

There is no evidence crossing your legs will cause varicose veins. The pressure that causes varicose veins comes from inside the body, not from anything external. It is not fully known why the faulty inflamed valves develop or how the backward pressure begins. This means that tight clothing won’t cause varicose veins either.

Myth 5: They are Only a Women’s Issue

This is one of the most common myths about varicose veins. While the condition is known to affect women more than men, it is not something that men should ignore. A study from the University of Michigan has shown that up to 56% of men could develop varicose veins in their lifetime, depending on their lifestyle factors and family history.

Myth 6: Tattoos Cause Varicose Veins

There is no reason to believe that tattoos cause varicose veins or that they aggravate existing varicose veins. Some people look to hide their varicose veins with tattoos but patients should know that varicose veins can worsen over time, and should be assessed by a vein doctor.

Myth 7: Women Should Wait Until Menopause, or Until After They’ve had Children, to Treat The Condition.

Varicose vein treatment can be beneficial at almost any age, even before having children. The treatment reduces the risk of later medical problems and eliminates unpleasant symptoms relatively quickly. Ultimately, there is no guaranteed way to prevent varicose veins but maintaining a healthy weight and undertaking regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing or aggravating them.

At The Vein Institute, we offer the latest treatment including sclerotherapyendovenous laser ablation and medical superglue. Take a look at our positive outcomes to see the results of the different treatment plans.

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