|These factors increase your risk of developing varicose veins:
- Age: Varicose veins usually appear between ages 30
and 70 and get progressively worse.
- Gender: Women are more likely than men are to
develop the condition.
- Pregnancy/Hormonal: Hormonal changes during
pregnancy or menopause may be a factor. Female
hormones tend to relax vein walls. Taking hormone
replacement therapy or birth control pills may increase
your risk of varicose veins.
- Genetics: If other family members had varicose veins,
there's a greater chance that you will too.
- Obesity: Being overweight puts added pressure on your
- Occupational: Standing or sitting for long periods
of time. Your blood doesn't flow as well if you're in the
same position for long periods of time.
- History of blood clots (DVT): Previous clots destroy
the valves of the veins rendering them insufficient and
prone to severe reflux.