Common Myths About Varicose Veins that Are Absolutely Untrue

It’s likely that over the course of your life, you’ve heard a number of urban legends about varicose veins. This post explores these myths, why they exist, and why they are simply untrue.

Myth 1: Varicose Veins Are Caused by Crossing Your Legs

Feel free to cross your legs all you want—this myth is false. Varicose veins appear when blood valves fail and can no longer push blood through your circulatory system. Because blood cannot move through veins with damaged valves, the blood pools in the vein, the vein becomes enlarged, and it appears through your skin as a varicose vein.

There are many potential causes of varicose veins—genetics, standing or sitting for long periods of time, lack of exercise, and pregnancy, among others—but crossing your legs isn’t one of them.

Myth 2: Only Women Get Varicose Veins

Men and women have an equal likelihood of developing varicose veins. Women are more likely to be bothered by their varicose veins than men and are more likely to seek treatment, but both sexes have an equal likelihood of developing venous disorder.

Myth 3: Varicose Vein Treatment Is Dangerous

While old vein stripping methods carried many risks, newer treatment options like sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, and Veinwave carry fewer risks, are generally more effective than vein stripping, and require very little recovery after treatment.

Myth 4: If Your Mom Has Varicose Veins, You’ll Get Them Too

While there is some evidence to support that genetics can predispose you to developing varicose veins, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll end up with venous disorder just because one of your parents suffered with it. Having parents with varicose veins suggests that you’ll be susceptible to developing them but does not guarantee that you’ll also have varicose veins.

Myth 5: You Shouldn’t Treat Varicose Veins Until You’re Finished Having Children

While you probably don’t want to go through treatment while you’re pregnant, there is no reason to wait until you’re finished having children to have your varicose veins treated. Treating varicose veins eliminates the problem at the source, so while there’s always a chance—whether you have more children or not—that you’ll develop varicose veins in a different part of your body, having one set of damaged veins treated should rid you of the problem in that area.

Myth 6: Massage and Other Natural Treatments Are Effective in Eliminating Varicose Veins

While massage and other natural treatment methods may alleviate some of the pain you’re experiencing as a result of your varicose veins, it is not possible for these methods to eliminate your varicose veins. The only way to get rid of varicose veins is to have them treated by a doctor.

Myth 7: Varicose Veins Will Go Away On Their Own

While there are steps you can take to try and prevent varicose veins from developing, once you have them, you’ll have them forever unless you undergo treatment. Explore treatment options and potential costs.

Published on: 26 August 2016
Posted by: Editorial Team