Is your birth control or hormone therapy putting you at risk for future vein issues?

Despite the fact that all medications are dispensed with a printed possible side effects list most of us only look at the direct benefit a prescription offers. We visit the doctor for a specific reason and we get almost a type of blinders on where we only are focused on correcting or alleviating the current issue. The medication facts sheets are rarely looked and often tossed in the trash along with the packaging as soon as they are opened.

Birth control methods that contain estrogen increase the risk of blood clots (thrombosis) by changing the body’s balance of clotting factors produced in the liver. These artificial hormonal shifts can contribute to the formation of varicose and or spider veins. These can be not only unsightly, but painful. When they first begin to form you may not see them visually right way.

According to a study done by the Department of Community Medicine and general practice at the Radford Infirmary, Oxford, the association between oral contraceptives and venous issues is strongest with those who also had other risk factors such as genetic predisposition, excess weight, smokers, reduced circulation or high blood pressure. The risks are also limited to those currently using these medications. The risk is unrelated to the duration of use and ceases at the end of use.

If you fit any of the above criteria, you may want to rethink ingesting synthetic hormones.

Naturally occurring estrogen and progesterone have positive effects on the circulatory system. During menopause, these levels drop and fluctuate causing an array of issues from mood swings to hot flashes. Some women choose to be put on HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). In the case of menopause, the synthetic hormones may actually lessen the likely hood of venous insufficiency.

*You may not always visually see vein issues at the very start.

Other signs vein issues may be forming:

  • Aching pan that may get worse after extended periods of standing or sitting
  • Heaviness in the legs
  • Swelling
  • Cramping
  • Throbbing
  • Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms
  • Rash or itchiness
  • Excessive clotting during menstruation

The majority of women taking estrogen won’t experience any issues but it always helps to be informed and stay alert when it comes to health.

If you experience any of these symptoms and are on a hormone based birth control or are undergoing hormone replacement therapy, please consult your physician or contact us. is a fantastic place to start with a FREE Virtual Vein Consultation.

Originally Posted:


Orthotics – Can proper alignment of the body fend off varicose veins?

When you build a house you have to start with a solid foundation. If it’s not poured evenly and level, the house may eventually shift, the base may begin to crack and the home could fall into a premature state of disrepair. The same could be said for going through life with improperly fitting non supportive foot wear.

As age and daily wear and tear begin to take a toll on our bodies we are often times not always fully in alignment. We may have small adjustments that can be made in order to increase health, comfort and even range of motion for conditions such as pronounced high arches, flat feet, bunions, knee issues, corns calluses, plantar fasciitis and more. One of the simplest ways to make those adjustments is by utilizing customized shoe inserts known as orthotics.  One often over looked condition that they can help to support and alleviate symptoms of is varicose veins of the legs and feet which can be incredibly painful.

Your circulatory system carries the blood from the heart out to your appendages. The blood then makes the journey back towards the heart. It’s the job of the veins, combined with muscle contractions to force the blood all the way back up, despite and against gravity. The valves allow the blood to pass up and through and then close to prevent it from slipping backwards and down again. If the valves become weak and begin to lose their elastic quality that’s when blood flow can begin backing up and pooling inside of the veins. When this happens too often or with too much blood at one time it can cause swelling, enlarging and even twisting, resulting in what we recognize as varicose veins.

Customized orthotics are usually created through a doctor’s office such as a podiatrist or chiropractor. They will have you remove your shoes and assist you in placing your foot correctly into the rectangular box cast which is filled with a sandy feeling slightly crunchy impressionable clay foam like substance which holds the impression of your foot with incredible accuracy in order to conform the new inserts to the exact specifications. They may even ask to send of a favorite pair of shoes along with the molds to ensure a seamless fit.

Therapeutic orthotic inserts help by improving proper gate, balance and overall body alignment as well as helping to improve circulation. As you walk the orthotics help by pressing into the foot pumping up and down along the arches relieving pressure. This repetitive push and release motion helps to flush pooled blood that may have been accumulating, easing pressure, inflammation and often reducing some of the swelling in the varicose veins.

While it is not a permanent fix, wearing orthotics – especially in conjunction with compression stockings, can often offer a significant amount of symptom relief to those suffering with these issues.

It is highly recommended to have an evaluation done if you are presenting symptoms of venous insufficiency. To set up your FREE Virtual Vein Consultation please visit our website or give us a call today at (239) 694-VEIN and Let Dr. Joseph Magnant, M.D. experienced Fort Myers and Bonita Springs Vein Specialist help. Now serving two convenient locations – 1510 Royal Palm Square Blvd. Suite 101 Fort Myers, Florida 33919 and 3359 Woods Edge Circle Suite 102 Bonita Springs, Florida 34134.

Originally Published: