Are my birth control pills causing my vein problems? What should I do?

Im a 23 year old female.I started taking birth control pills one year ago, and now my veins are popping up all over my legs. My legs are botchy and red too. My left leg has the most prominent veins, but only one small section in my thigh is slightly bulging. I can feel the veins wrapped in my legs and they ache, itch, and burn. I feel so depressed. What can I do?

Answers from doctors (5)


Advanced Vein Center

Published on Apr 13, 2017

Venous disease is most often hereditary. You need to see a vein specialist and have an ultrasound examination of your legs.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

Venous disease is most often hereditary. You need to see a vein specialist and have an ultrasound examination of your legs.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Mar 10, 2017

Birth control pills may be contributing to the vein problem, but it is hard to day for sure. There are many reasons for vein formation. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Birth control pills may be contributing to the vein problem, but it is hard to day for sure. There are many reasons for vein formation. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


VEININNOVATIONS

Published on Mar 09, 2017

The first thing I recommend is that you schedule an appointment at a reputable vein clinic to have a venous ultrasound of the legs to determine the extent of your venous disease. From there, the physician can make recommendations as to what the best treatment would be for you.

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Answered by VEININNOVATIONS

The first thing I recommend is that you schedule an appointment at a reputable vein clinic to have a venous ultrasound of the legs to determine the extent of your venous disease. From there, the physician can make recommendations as to what the best treatment would be for you.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Birth control pills do not cause varicose veins. You should see a vascular surgeon to evaluate and treat your varicose veins.

Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Birth control pills do not cause varicose veins. You should see a vascular surgeon to evaluate and treat your varicose veins.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Mar 07, 2017

It is possible that the BCP is contributing to your vein issues. Typically this is an inherited problem. The hormones mimic pregnancy and can dilate the vessel. If you are predisposed to vein problems (check your relatives) they can start to be a problem. Before doing anything, get an evaluation from a board certified surgeon, vascular trained, who specializes in treating these problems. It will include an ultrasound. He/she can then advise you. Also keep in mind that BCP can predispose you to deep vein blood clots. This is something you should discuss with your doctor.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

It is possible that the BCP is contributing to your vein issues. Typically this is an inherited problem. The hormones mimic pregnancy and can dilate the vessel. If you are predisposed to vein problems (check your relatives) they can start to be a problem. Before doing anything, get an evaluation from a board certified surgeon, vascular trained, who specializes in treating these problems. It will include an ultrasound. He/she can then advise you. Also keep in mind that BCP can predispose you to deep vein blood clots. This is something you should discuss with your doctor.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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