Yes, men can get varicose veins too and it’s totally normal! While mostly associated with women, this vein condition is actually very common in men, particularly as they get older. Venous insufficiency is a men’s health issue that can and should be treated.
If you’re a man with varicose veins, or know someone with vein issues, read below for some expert tips and advice to help you understand this medical condition.
1. You’re Not Alone
It’s estimated that 40% of all men will experience varicose veins at some point in their life. In fact, roughly 30 million American men and women have this vein condition due to aging, genes, hormones, or lifestyle.
Take ease in knowing there are many other people out there in the same boat. But don’t take that to mean your veins aren’t a big concern, just that you’re in good company.
2. Know the Signs
Varicose veins are a sign that the blood flow from your legs to your heart is restricted. This can make your legs feel itchy, painful, and, if left untreated, lead to other health compilations.
In addition to swollen, discolored, and enlarged veins, symptoms of venous insufficiency include:
- cramping and burning
- itching and tingling
- pain that gets worse when standing
- night cramps
- swollen ankles
If you experience any of these symptoms, reach out to a specialist to learn more and to ease your discomfort. No one should have to suffer.
3. Examine Yourself
Men can get varicose veins anywhere on the body, even the scrotum. So check to see if you have any swollen veins on your testicles. Known as varicoceles, this condition can lead to lowered testosterone levels and eventually infertility. Luckily, varicoceles can be treated by surgically removing the veins. After a few treatments, testosterone levels should return to normal along with your romantic pursuits.
4. It’s Not a Cosmetic Issue
A lot of men don’t treat their varicose veins simply because they aren’t concerned with the appearance. But leaving your varicose veins untreated is actually pretty dangerous and can lead to pain, swelling, and even ulceration.
Just Picture It: Healthy veins pump blood up to your heart. If those veins don’t work properly, blood will sink and pool, resulting in twisted, swollen blood vessels. Doesn’t sound superficial, does it?
You may not care the way they look, but there are underlying health issues that need to be addressed. So it’s important to book a consultation with a vein specialist to determine the status of your vein health.
5. Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
While you can’t change your genes, hormones, or age, you can change your habits. Once you consult with a doctor about your vein health, he/she may suggest some lifestyle adjustments.
These simple changes can make a huge difference in your vein health:
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Move your body (walk, bike, or dance)
- Eat more fiber, eat less salt
- Drink plenty of water
6. Choose Health over Pride
Taking charge of your health is admirable and nothing to be embarrassed about. Varicose veins are serious and shouldn’t be put on the back burner. Even if your veins are just visible but not painful, head to a vein clinic for a diagnosis.
The earlier you catch and treat your vein problems, the easier and more comfortable life will be. Since varicose veins are so common, doctors know exactly how to treat it. No trial period, no unknowns, just a few quick treatments and you’re back at it!
Varicose veins won’t just go away on their own, they’ll get worse. Don’t wait. Take action now! They can be fixed with a quick, simple, and non-invasive procedure. And depending on the severity of your varicose veins, treatment will have you in, out, and back on your feet all in the same day!
At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients.