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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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Could my birth control pills be causing my vein pain?

Could my birth control pills be causing my vein pain?

Possibly: Use of birth control pills can increase your risk of blood clots, particularly if you are a smoker. It is possible you may be experiencing pain from venous valve problems which can make legs feel heavy and tired. See your doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Intense heel pain after taking birth control pills. Is this normal?

Intense heel pain after taking birth control pills. Is this normal?

Heel pain: I do not see a connection between the two. Does it happen every time you take the bcp? ...Read more

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Why does birth control pills cause swollen ankle & feet?i often experienced it since i started taking oral birth control.any remedies? suggestion?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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Do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Yes: Spider and varicose veins are extremely common in the legs. Varicose veins are not uncommon in the groin/pelvis, but would be rare elsewhere. Spider veins are commonly found on the face, and can be seen on the trunk as well. ...Read more

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What would cause several varicose veins to suddenly appear on legs? Also have sudden onset of patches of spider veins around ankles

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

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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?

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

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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 ?

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

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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.

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.

Varicose veins: Unfortunately, no way to avoid varicose veins. If they are symptomatic suggest seeing a vein specialist. If not symptomatic, may be correctable but would likely not be covered by insurance. Before any treatment would suggest ultrasound to look for cause of the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

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


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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