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Why do my varicose veins throb during my menstrual cycle?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Hormones play a role

Female hormones such as estrogen fluctuate in our menstral cycle and affect the "stretchiness" of our veins.
This in turn causes the veins to enlarge which makes them throb. Some women will report similar symptoms on hormone therapy and during pregnancy, when our estrogen levels tend to fluctuate. If you have significant symptoms, consider wearing compression stockings and see a vein specialist.

In brief: Hormones play a role

Female hormones such as estrogen fluctuate in our menstral cycle and affect the "stretchiness" of our veins.
This in turn causes the veins to enlarge which makes them throb. Some women will report similar symptoms on hormone therapy and during pregnancy, when our estrogen levels tend to fluctuate. If you have significant symptoms, consider wearing compression stockings and see a vein specialist.
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dr. Margaret Mann
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Dr. Craig Schwartz
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Hormonal changes

Although the #1 and #2 causes of spider and varicose veins are family history and pregnancy, hormonal changes also play a significant role.
We commonly hear women tell us their veins are worse during their cycle, which is because of the hormonal fluctuations that occur at that time. Other things that effect hormonal status, including hormone therapy and menopause, can also contribute.

In brief: Hormonal changes

Although the #1 and #2 causes of spider and varicose veins are family history and pregnancy, hormonal changes also play a significant role.
We commonly hear women tell us their veins are worse during their cycle, which is because of the hormonal fluctuations that occur at that time. Other things that effect hormonal status, including hormone therapy and menopause, can also contribute.
Dr. Craig Schwartz
Dr. Craig Schwartz
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Dr. Ted King
Actually, the worsening of leg pain due to varicose veins is usually most noticeable just before your period and then starts to get a little better as soon as your period starts. This is very common in women with varicose veins, especially if they have had children.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Varicose veins

It is not uncommon due to fluid redistribution during menstrual cycle especially in the pre menses Would recommend use of support hose

In brief: Varicose veins

It is not uncommon due to fluid redistribution during menstrual cycle especially in the pre menses Would recommend use of support hose
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: Progesterone

Actually, for most, the worsening of leg pain due to varicose veins is usually most noticeable just before your period and then starts to get a little better as soon as your period starts.
This is very common in women with varicose veins, especially if they have had children.

In brief: Progesterone

Actually, for most, the worsening of leg pain due to varicose veins is usually most noticeable just before your period and then starts to get a little better as soon as your period starts.
This is very common in women with varicose veins, especially if they have had children.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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