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What are Varicose Veins? 

Varicose veins are superficial enlarged or twisted veins which may be blue, red, or skin in color. Varicose veins may have a rope-like appearance and give the skin a bulging appearance. They are often found around the thighs, front or back of the calves, or on the inside of the legs, mostly around the ankles or feet.

Many times, patients mistake spider veins for varicose veins. “Spider veins” resemble varicose veins. The major difference between the two is that they are smaller than varicose veins. These are mostly red in color and resemble like branches of trees or spider’s web. Spider veins can not make the skin bulge out like varicose veins do.  (Also Read: Can spider veins be treated naturally? )

The Connection

In various researches or studies, a link between birth control pills and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or a blood clot in the legs that cause swelling, itching, pain and other irritations has been suspected. DVT can also cause a pulmonary embolism, a condition in which the blood clot breaks free and travels to the lung. There are approximately 80,000 cases of DVT is found each year. 

Now coming to birth control pills. Birth control pills have estrogen in them, which can hurt the natural clotting factors. There are medical studies and reports that showcase how the estrogen and progesterone levels found in birth control pills can give rise to a relaxing effect on vein walls, another possible link to vein disease.

Some studies show about a 50 percent increase to up to 6 to 7 times increase in DVT when the use of certain birth control pills or even contraceptive birth control patch.

Also Read: Stages Of Varicose Veins


Can Birth Control cause Varicose Veins?

woman having varicose veins

If a female develops varicose veins, it is probably due to other factors like family history, lifestyle risks such as standing or sitting for prolonged periods, hormonal and physical changes during with pregnancy, etc. However, birth control pills and varicose veins are closely linked because of the presence of hormones “progesterone and estrogen” in the birth control pills. Levels of both these hormones increase during pregnancy. 

Thus, these hormones can lead to varicose veins because the birth control pills trick the female body into thinking that she is pregnant. So, birth control pills with the hormones, progesterone and estrogen, can affect the body in these same ways and the body may undergo changes like during pregnancy. 

Hormones released during pregnancy slow down the blood flow in preparation for giving birth. This helps to prevent excessive bleeding during childbirth. This is why pregnant females commonly develop varicose veins, at times even during early stages of pregnancy. 

The same theory goes for women who use Hormonal Birth Control.

Can I take Birth Control if I already have Varicose Veins?

There is no risk linked to that. A female already suffering from varicose veins can use birth control. But, it is a good idea to get it checked out by a specialist. 


In most of the cases, contraceptives have no adverse side effects on the general or venous health of the female. Upon maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are no major threats involved. Just make sure to especially avoiding smoking during this phase. However, genetic factor plays a large role in determining if the female will develop varicose veins.

Moreover, the good news is that varicose veins are easily treatable. The latest and most advanced treatment of Laser Ablation is used at Pristyn Care to treat Varicose Veins. The treatment is completely pain-free and safe. The laser ablation process has no harm or side effects on the body of the patient. We assure to provide the best treatment for Varicose veins. Get in touch with us to get an appointment and the best consultation. 


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