It is not uncommon for women, who have always had beautiful legs, to suddenly discover varicose veins during or after menopause! This is also why so many post menopausal women seek varicose vein treatment. They want to avoid having “old lady legs” and get back at least part of their youthful appearance.
The pain and swelling from their new found varicose veins may also hamper the active lifestyle they are used to having. In these cases, receiving varicose vein treatment can give them back the ability to do the things they enjoy well into their golden years. What’s the expression? “Who said life after fifty couldn’t be fun!”
Why Do So Many Women Get Varicose Veins After Menopause?
The answer to this question boils down to the major hormonal changes that occur at this stage of life. The ovaries greatly decrease the amount of estrogen and progesterone while the pituitary gland may actually increase the production of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. In a way, this can be a blessing for women who suffer through many years of painful menstrual cramps. On the other hand, no one enjoys the sudden formation or exacerbation of varicose veins that so often occurs during or after menopause. Veins in the leg are known to have receptors for progesterone, which helps to maintain the integrity of these veins in younger women. However, once progesterone levels drop, leg veins no longer get this help from this powerful hormone!
There’s also another way menopause can cause the sudden increase in varicose veins that require varicose vein treatment after menopause. Further, this factor gets far less attention than the direct effects of changes to hormonal levels and it’s an easier one to “cure!” This factor is the fact that muscle mass is often greatly reduced in woman after menopause. The fat content of the legs goes up and the muscle content goes down. This is important because leg muscles help the veins transport the blood against gravity to the heart as they contract. Therefore, the more muscle mass you have in your legs, the more help the veins will get on transporting that blood back to the heart. This is why leg exercises to build more muscle and maintain the muscle you have can be an important way of reducing the symptoms of varicose veins.
So, What Happens To the Veins In Older Women?
There are two primary factors that contribute to the downfall of the leg veins in older women. The first is the deterioration of the vein valves that prevent the back flow of blood. In many cases, they simply get worn out, and once this happens, blood starts to pool in the veins causing them to become varicose veins. Second, what makes matters worse is the walls of the old veins tend to become less toned, i.e. more elastic, and this causes them to expand and cause even more pooling of blood going in the wrong direction!
Varicose Vein Treatment For Menopausal Women
When you meet with your vein doctor at a good vein clinic, like Metro Vein Centers, for the first time, he or she may talk with about trying “conservative forms” of treatment for varicose veins instead of a medical procedure, or perhaps in addition to a medical procedure. The term “conservative” is the lingo used but unfortunately it throws off a lot of people. However, all it means is natural and practical things you can do at home to slow the progression of your varicose vein disease and alleviate painful symptoms. It’s considered “conservative” because these are actions you can take without medical intervention. They include simple activities like walking more, elevating your legs more, and wearing compression stocking.
Your vein doctor may also do a duplex ultrasound to get a better idea of how extensive your varicose vein problem is and the best treatment(s) that could be administered. Certainly, this would be standard procedure at Metro Vein Centers. Some of the varicose vein treatments that are possible for menopausal women are simple sclerotherapy, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment (also know as ELT and EVLT), and pulsed light therapy. These are all minimally invasive procedures with little pain during the procedures and only very mild recovery needed.
Sometimes Humor Can Help!
As we grow older, our bodies do start to deteriorate no matter how well we take care of ourselves. Instead of stressing out about it, sometimes the best thing to do is LAUGH… look in the mirror and allow yourself a good laugh and laugh about your varicose veins with your friends. Laughter truly is the best medicine. In an eBook entitled, “Becoming A Menopause Goddess,” the author talks about all her moles and body blemishes that were brought on by menopause and how she deals with these. It’s obvious that humor is at the heart of it as she she describes her menopausal legs as being “patterned with blue highways to the golden years!”
If you want a free evaluation of the best varicose vein treatment for your varicose veins, call of go by Metro Vein Centers to make an appointment. They keep it light but also professional. They are the best in the business!