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Varicose veins onset after stopping birth control

I am 42 and I was taking birth control pills - Desogen since I was 25 or so. This year in May I stopped taking the birth control pills and a couple months later I noticed on my legs bulging varicose veins. The onset seemed to be quite sudden. Could the fact that I stopped taking the birth control pills caused the sudden onset of the varicose veins?
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Hello and hope you are doing well.
Varicose veins are caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries. Few predisposing factors for developing varicose veins are prolonged standing or sitting, chronic constipation, menstrual cycle, birth control pills/estrogen replacement therapy, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy etc.It may not be possible to determine the exact cause of your symptoms without  a detailed evaluation.
Lifestyle changes and certain medical procedures can help in relieving some of the symptoms. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, improve complications. Lifestyle changes like avoiding standing or sitting for long periods without taking a break may be adopted. Avoid wearing tight clothes and high heels for long periods. Lower heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles. Toned muscles help blood move through the vein. It is important to maintain your ideal body weight to reduce excess pressure on your legs. Support compression hose provide external graduated counter-pressure reduce pooling and pressure in the veins and  reduce the risk of forming a deep vein blood clot.
It is suggested to contact your physician for more queries and assistance. This is merely an advice and not a substitute for clinical examination. I sincerely hope it helps. Keep me posted.
Best luck and regards!
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Dear Dr. Sharma,
Thank you very much for your response. I saw my physician regarding the varicose veins, for now his only recommendation was to wear the compression stockings. I have been thin all my life, I walk twice a day, I stopped wearing high heels when I was around 28, I have never been pregnant. I think that I inherited the varicose veins from my dad :-(, and I also think that the onset must have something to do with stopping the birth control pills. I also work at an office, so I sit most of the day. My main concern right now is the esthetics, the onset was so sudden that I am still quite depressed by it. I guess, I will have to get used to it, just like everybody else :-(. Since the onset was so sudden after stopping the birth control pills, do you think if I started to take the birth control again it might or could stop the varicose veins getting worse?
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