Varicose veins during pregnancy


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Progesterone and varicose veins during pregnancy are linked by the action of estrogen. Varicose veins are characterized by abnormal dilation. The valves inside do not work, possibly because of thinning of the vein walls. They occur more often in women than men. This is probably due to an excess of estrogen, as this condition is first seen in the premenstruum and thereafter might be painful at this time due to water retention. Estrogen also accelerates the aging of collagen, weakening the walls of the veins.

During pregnancy, varicose veins are the result of the foetus pressing on the veins in the uterus. Piles are a form of this often painful condition.

The hormone progesterone has been known to help the pain associated with this condition to subside. Some researchers believe that using progesterone in the form of a skin cream possibly prevents more from forming. There have been cases, however, of the effective treatment of piles using such a cream.

In pregnancy this problem has also been successfully treated with vitamin E supplements.

To find out more about progesterone therapy in general and how it benefits health issues other than varicose veins during pregnancy, please click here.



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