What not to do with varicose veins (varicose veins) of the lower extremities (legs) in women

Varicose veins on the legs of a woman

Contraindications for varicose veins on the legs must be observed in order to prevent the aggravation of the course of the disease and not provoke complications, in the presence of which the only method of treating the pathology is surgery.

Do's and don'ts

The list of contraindications for varicose veins on the lower extremities is extensive.It includes almost all spheres of life.In the presence of varicose veins, many types of physical activity are not available, a number of products are prohibited, even not all methods of removing body hair are acceptable.

Taking Medications

In case of varicose veins, it is strictly forbidden to take any medications without the permission of a doctor. Contraindications for varicose veins apply to drugs that have a thickening effect on the circulatory system.

It is strictly forbidden to take hormonal drugs. Such medications increase the risk of blood clots forming, and with varicose veins, this likelihood increases significantly. This also applies to hormonal oral contraceptives. Their long-term use aggravates the course of the disease, therefore, this method of contraception must be abandoned, giving preference to barrier methods.

Physical activity with varicose veins

Physical activity

Absolute contraindications for varicose veins of the lower extremities - physical activity, involving heavy lifting (more than 4 kg). This means that it is forbidden to engage in power loads in the gym. You can’t jump either, so classes on the steppe and jump rope are prohibited. Popular weight loss measures such as running or climbing stairs are not recommended.

Sports games such as volleyball or soccer are restricted. It is possible to engage in these types of activity only with early stage varicose veins and provided that the legs are bandaged. You can't squat deeply or quickly.

For varicose veins, most physical activities other than swimming are contraindicated. This sport is not only allowed in case of illness, but also recommended. Regular swimming will help strengthen the walls of your blood vessels and prevent many complications.


With varicose veins, contraindications also apply to the diet, some restrictions will be required. But it doesn't have to be a rigid diet with constant fasting. The diet must be properly balanced so that the body receives a sufficient amount of vitamin and mineral components. Grocery list, Flour productswhich should be reduced:

  • Pastry, sweets - cause excess weight gain, which creates additional stress on the legs, aggravating the course of varicose veins.
  • Animal fats - Increases blood cholesterol levels, which clogs up blood vessels.
  • Spices, herbs and salt - retain water and cause swelling. The latter put pressure on the blood vessels, interfering with normal blood circulation.
  • Coffee and its substitute chicory - increase pressure, lead to loss of elasticity in the walls of blood vessels.
  • Celery - although this vegetable is a dietary one, people with varicose veins cannot use it because of the negative effect on blood vessels - it leads to thinning of their walls.

It is also necessary to give up with varicose veins from the following products - pickles and marinades, fried foods.

Alcohol and tobacco

The presence of such bad habits as drinking alcohol and smoking worsens the course of the disease. Even if varicose veins are at an early stage of development, with regular smoking and drinking alcohol, it will progress rapidly.

Alcohol and tobacco affect the vessels with varicose veins on the legs as follows - the walls of elastic tubes when alcohol and nicotine enter the body suddenly expand, after which they contract for a long time and spasm. As a result, the vessels become less elastic, the disease worsens and develops even faster, leading to dangerous complications.


It is strictly forbidden to do tattoos on legs with varicose veins for varicose veins. If a master in a tattoo parlor decides to fulfill an order, this indicates his extremely low qualifications. This procedure will damage the vessel, and the disease will cause a number of serious complications.


With varicose veins of the lower extremities, warming compresses are excluded. Applying heat to the legs can temporarily stop painful and unpleasant symptoms of the pathological process. But the feeling of relief will be deceiving. Warming the skin at the site of damaged vessels through compresses will accelerate the formation of blood clots and increase the risk of inflammation.

The only way to relieve the condition is with cold compresses, such as applying a fresh cabbage leaf to the feet. Such a measure will help stop the signs of varicose veins - pain and heaviness in the legs, buzzing and swelling. With the regular application of a cold cabbage leaf compress, the appearance of the veins under the skin can be greatly reduced.


Epilation of legs

Contraindications for varicose veins in women apply to some methods of getting rid of unwanted body hair. Under the ban are all methods that imply an irritating effect on the skin and its heating, these are:

  • hair removal with wax (hot and ready-made strips, warming up hands);
  • shugaring;
  • quantum hair removal - exposure to a light pulse that heats up and destroys the hair follicle;
  • enzymatic hair removal - an epilation method based on the effect on the hair follicle of substances containing enzymes;
  • pulling out hair with tweezers.

For varicose veins, you can use epilation methods such as shaving, laser removal, special gels and creams. With varicose veins at an early stage of development, when there are no pronounced symptoms, you can resort to such a technique as electrolysis.

Contrast shower and hydromassage

These procedures are not only not contraindicated for varicose veins, but are also allowed. They are recommended to be carried out regularly by phlebologists in order to eliminate unpleasant signs of the disease and prevent complications.

Regular reception of a contrast shower with alternating action on the skin with warm and cold water trains the walls of venous vessels, brings them to the desired tone, and helps to restore the lost elasticity. If varicose veins occur at the initial stage, a contrast shower will prevent its further development.


In the presence of swollen veins due to varicose veins on the legs, the wrap can be used to maintain the beauty of the legs and get rid of cellulite only if the chosen technique excludes exposure to heat. Suitable wrapping procedures:

  • with algae and medicinal herbs;
  • with chocolate;
  • with healing mud.

Procedure duration - no more than 15 minutes. After wrapping, it is recommended to take a contrast shower.


By itself, varicose veins are not an absolute contraindication to medical or surgical termination of pregnancy. But, if a woman has severe varicose veins and there is a need to resort to an abortion, it is recommended to consult a phlebologist before the procedure.


It is impossible to have an abortion with varicose veins when the disease has led to complications and caused varicose veins in the small pelvis.


This minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedure is not recommended. It is carried out only for special indications, if other methods cannot provide a positive therapeutic response.

Mud therapy

Therapeutic and cosmetic procedure using mud is not a contraindication in the presence of varicose veins. The main thing is that the dirt should not be heated before the procedure. The use of a medicinal ingredient for varicose veins will help reduce the severity and intensity of the symptomatic picture.

Bath and tan

Bath, sauna, Turkish hamam and a long stay under the scorching sun are absolute contraindications for varicose veins. You can not go to the bathhouse and those people who have a genetic predisposition to varicose veins, becauseafter visiting the steam room, the disease is more likely to occur.

Do not expose your feet to heat, hot steam. The temperature drop while in the bath is too critical for damaged vessels that cannot withstand such an excessive heat load. In this case, the development of the disease will be extremely difficult to contain.

Most women prefer to use tanning to mask their ugly veins. But sunbathing is also a heat treatment procedure, which means that it is extremely undesirable for varicose veins. Veins that come in need to be treated, not masked.