Factors That May Cause Varicose Veins

Causes of varicose and spider veins range from those which are completely beyond a person’s control to those which are clearly lifestyle choices. Recognized causes include:

Age - Vein disease can occur any time but is most common between the ages of 18 and 60, peaking between 50 and 60.

Gender - Females are more likely than males to develop varicose veins.

Pregnancy - Circulating hormones that weaken vein walls during pregnancy are understood to be a common cause of varicose veins. An increased number of pregnancies can increase the likelihood of developing varicose veins.

Occupation - Jobs with prolonged sitting may increase the risk of developing varicose and spider veins.

Lifestyle and other factors include prolonged standing and sitting, binding clothing, wearing high heels or other shoes which compromise circulation, chronic constipation, menstrual cycle, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, heat and obesity. A sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to varicose veins.