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Can birth control pills give you spider and varicose veins on your legs?

Can birth control pills give you spider and varicose veins on your legs?

No association: There isn't an established association between birth control pills and varicose veins or spider veins. Both are made worse by prolonged standing. Varicose veins also get worse during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about methods to minimize varicose veins. ...Read more

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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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I have varicose venis on my leg. Can i take birth control pills "yaz"?

I have varicose venis on my leg. Can i take birth control pills "yaz"?

Birth control & vein: There are many risk factors for developing blood clots & the more risk factors that you have the higher the chance that you could develop a blood clot. Both hormonal birth control & varicose veins increase your risk for blood clots, so adding the 2 risks is worse than 1 risk alone. Best option is treating the varicose veins so that this risk no longer exists, making birth control less of an issue ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a birth control pill that has risks of blood clots when you have varicose veins?

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Is it safe to take a birth control pill that has risks of blood clots when you have varicose veins?

Yes. : Yes, it's okay to be on oral contraceptives (ocps) with varicose veins. The ocps will increase your risk of DVT but the presence of varicose veins does not. ...Read more

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Are the varicose veins reversible when i get off the birth control?

No: Getting off birth control will help to decrease your risk of having a blood clot if you have varicose veins, but varicose veins are veins that are structurally broken and that isn't affected by the pill. ...Read more

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I'm 20 years old. I'm on birthcontrol and have been on it for years. I have varicose veins. If i had a blood clot, would majority of my leg be swollen or red?

I'm 20 years old. I'm on birthcontrol and have been on it for years. I have varicose veins. If i had a blood clot, would majority of my leg be swollen or red?

Swelling sometimes: You are female, 20 years old and have vericose veins. You are taking birth control pills and are concerned about deep vein thrombosis (dvt). If you have a DVT sometimes the leg gets swollen and/or may become tender. Your doctor can order a noninvasive test to look at the deep veins of the legs for a dvt. Vericose vein are in the superficial veins so are not dvt. ...Read more

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What birth control method can I use seen I have varicose vein?

What birth control  method can I use seen I have varicose vein?

Should Not Matter: Although the use of hormonal birth control does have a higher risk for potential clotting, the presence of varicose veins shouldn't effect which method to use. More importantly, you should seek treatment from a qualified vein specialist to get your varicosities and the underlying cause taken care of, and then you may use any birth control you wish. Treatment is minimally invasive and easy to have. ...Read more

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I am on warfarin for blood clots in my leg. Diagnosed 3 weeks ago. I am also on benicar. My BP is 140/90, is this a problem? I had a pe in january of 2010, was put on warfarin for 6 months. They believe it was the birth control pills and immediately stop

I am on warfarin for blood clots in my leg. Diagnosed 3 weeks ago. I am also on benicar.
My BP is 140/90, is this a problem? I had a pe in january of 2010, was put on warfarin for 6 months.  They believe it was the birth control pills and immediately stop

Family history?: Birth control pills do increase your risk for developing a blood clot, but they don't increase that risk as much as pregnancy does.There are also clotting problems that can run in the family.You should ask your doctor about being testing for a familial reason to develop clots, and you should definitely be using another method of birth control to prevent pregnancy while you're on warfarin. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

Varicose veins are dilated, elongated, winding, tortuous veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins usually have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to te heart. Varicose veins have dysfunctional valves so blood moves forward and back which causes the enlarged vessels. These varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for a ...Read more


Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more