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Can Birth Control Pills Give You Spider And Varicose Veins On Your Legs
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
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
Is it safe to take a birth control pill that has risks of blood clots when you have varicose veins?
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
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
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
If I get leg cramps everytime I start my new round of birth control pills should I stop taking them? The doctor said to not worry, but I am worried.
Change brands: Multiple diff combinations exist, free at your health dept. Consider iud. ...Read more
I just started my first pack of birth control pills. I'm having some minor leg discomfort, I am unsure if this is due to exercise or a blood clot.
Unsure: Doctor need to do physical exam to clarify. ...Read more
Hello, I recently started birth control pills for the first time and I have notice blue veins on my breast that weren't there before?
Common: Some BC pills can cause breast fullness or engorgement. ...Read more
Heel pain: I do not see a connection between the two. Does it happen every time you take the bcp? ...Read more
Why does birth control pills cause swollen ankle & feet? I often experienced it since I started taking oral birth control. Any remedies? Suggestion?
BCP swelling: 25 F Why does birth control pills cause swollen ankle & feet? I often experienced it since I started taking oral birth control. Any remedies? Suggestion? ANS: They do not cause swelling. You are probably eating way too much salt. Unless you have been pregnant and have varicose veins or are taking CCBs for hi BP.. ...Read more
How to get rid of stretch marks on the legs and belly. This is not like varicose veins cuz its not like spider webs, what to do?
Stretch marks: Stretch marks are damage to the skin by tensile forces which damage collagen fibers. They may respond to laser therapy or intense pulsed light depending on whether they are vascular (with tiny veins) or older and less red appearing. They can be reduced in appearance but will not disappear entirely. ...Read more
What are the main symptoms of a blood clot in the leg? I have painful leg & I'm not sure if it's my varicose veins & spider veins. Walk 6 days a week
See your doc: If you have concerns about a blood clot of your leg, you should see your physician. Blood clots of the legs can cause pain and swelling, and discoloration. The concern with leg blood clots is that they potentially pass to your lung which can be dangerous. Your doctor may order an ultrasound of your leg veins to rule out a blood clot as the cause of your pain. Your pain may be due to varicosities. ...Read more
What would cause several varicose veins to suddenly appear on legs? Also have sudden onset of patches of spider veins around ankles
Unhealthy valves: Varicose veins can appear at any time in life. They are caused by unhealthy valves in the veinsThrse valves can leak and blood falls back due to incompetency and gravity makes blood gathered in the veins and they get to be seen bulging and engorged.Spider veins are varicosity in smaller superficial veins. These can run in families, so there is genetic predisposition here. ...Read more
Can sitting for longer periods (especially: cross-legged or with one leg tucked under) lead to increased risk of formation of spider veins and varicose veins?
Probably not: In all of the 13 major studies that have looked at factors associated with the development of varicose veins, none have shown that crossing your legs when sitting plays any role in the formation of varicose veins. As dr. Landi said, varicose veins are due to leaky valves not venous stasis. ...Read more
How could you have venous insufficiency in both legs/thighs when there is no discoloration no swelling no varicose veins no ulcers only spider veins?
Terminology: It's unclear why you may have been told you have venous insufficiency. True "chronic venous insufficiency" implies some of the following: leg swelling, discoloration, eczema to hardening of the skin of the lower leg, and/or a leg ulcer, all because of veins with poor valve function leading to increased pressure in your veins. One can have spider veins without "chronic venous insufficiency. ...Read more
Hello. How can I avoid varicose veins? I have already small varicose on my legs & my thighs, wish to give me advices to how remove it and avoid it.
47 yr htn 25 yrs reg. Medications varicose veins 3 yrs. What leg exercises keeps in control apart from stocking?
Stay active: Loosing weight if you are over weight, walking and exercise, wearing compression stockings, and avoiding lifting with the legs help prevent progression of disease. ...Read more
I am 19 years old. My height is 168 cm. Can I still get taller? I have varicose veins in my legs too. Does it give negative effects? Thank you
A little bit: Varicose veins can have a negative effect on your circulation health, especially if you are developing them at such a young age. Varicose veins increase your risk for blood clots and sores on your legs[ ulcers] that can impact your health. Also the veins can hurt and cause fatigue. The condition is easily treated. I recommend you see a vein specialist for evaluation with a leg vein ultrasound. ...Read more
How long after giving birth does it take perineal varicose veins to go away? What can I do to help them go away?
The inside of my right calf is painful to the touch and warm. I think I can feel a small lump. I have had three kids and have some spider veins in my calves, and my mother has varicose veins. Should I be going to urgent care to see if I have a blood cl
Calf tender!!: Seek immediate examination and doppler exam.....Get a more detailed answer ›
Ultrasound first: There are a number of good treatment options for getting rid of varicose veins. Major surgery isn't required any more. The first thing to do is to see a vein specialist/phlebologist. You need to have a standing venous ultrasound exam. The results will then determine what treatment options are available to you, as outlined by drs. Zimmett and nielsen. ...Read more
A process: First, you need a venous ultrasound to help determine the source of your trouble and the best treatment course. If your underlying veins are amenable to treatment with endovenous thermal ablation (laser or rf), that is done first. Then your visible varicose veins are treated by phlebectomy or sclerotherapy. ...Read more
Maybe: Skin discoloration can be a sign serious vein problems, usually dark brown, or dark red. These skin lesions can lead to ulceration. You need to have a duplex ultrasound and work up by someone experienced in vein disease. Once treated, many times the skin will become healthy again, and sometimes even become more normal in appearance. ...Read more
I have varicose veins in right leg im going to have radio frequency done are there any risk while having it done or after?
Absolutely: Your physician needs to clearly explain these risks to you. Give him or her another opportunity to inform you and earn your confidence. ...Read more
A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more
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
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