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

Varicose veins on a woman's legs

Contraindications must be observed in varicose veins in the legs to prevent worsening of the course of the disease and not to cause complications, in the presence of which the only method of treatment of the pathology is surgery.

Should and shouldn't

The list of contraindications for varicose veins in the lower extremities is extensive.Covers almost all spheres of life.In the presence of varicose veins, many types of physical activities are not available, many products are prohibited, even all methods of hair removal on the body are not acceptable.

Taking medication

In the case of varicose veins, it is strictly forbidden to take any medication without a doctor's permission. Contraindications for varicose veins refer to drugs that have a thickening of the circulatory system.

It is strictly forbidden to take hormonal drugs. Such drugs increase the risk of blood clots, and in varicose veins this probability is significantly increased. This also applies to hormonal oral contraceptives. Their long-term use worsens the course of the disease, so this method of contraception must be abandoned, giving preference to barrier methods.

Physical activity in varicose veins

Physical activity

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

Sports games like volleyball or football are limited. These types of activities can be performed only with varicose veins at an early stage, provided that the legs are bent. You can’t squat deep or fast.

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


In varicose veins, contraindications also relate to diet, some restrictions will be required. But it does not have to be a rigid diet with constant fasting. The diet must be properly balanced so that the body receives a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals. Grocery list, Flour productsto reduce:

  • Pastries, sweets - cause excess weight, which creates additional stress on the legs, worsening the flow of varicose veins.
  • Animal fats - increase the level of cholesterol in the blood, which clogs the 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 chicory substitute - increase blood pressure, lead to loss of elasticity of blood vessel walls.
  • Celery - although this vegetable is dietary, people with varicose veins cannot use it due to its negative effect on blood vessels - leads to thinning of their walls.

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

Alcohol and tobacco

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

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


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


With varicose veins of the lower extremities, warm-up wraps are excluded. Applying heat to the feet can temporarily alleviate the painful and unpleasant symptoms of the pathological process. But the feeling of relief will be deceiving. Warming the skin at the site of damaged blood vessels through dressings will speed up the formation of blood clots and increase the risk of inflammation.

The only way to alleviate 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. By regularly applying a cold compress of cabbage leaves, the appearance of veins under the skin can be significantly reduced.


Leg epilation

Contraindications for varicose veins in women are applied to some methods of removing unwanted body hair. All methods that involve irritating the skin and warming it are prohibited, namely:

  • wax hair removal (hot and finished strips, hand heating);
  • shugaring;
  • quantum hair removal - exposure to a light pulse that heats and destroys the hair follicle;
  • enzymatic hair removal - a method of epilation that is based on the effect on the hair follicle of substances containing enzymes;
  • plucking 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 in varicose veins, but are also allowed. Phlebologists recommend that they be performed regularly to eliminate the unpleasant signs of the disease and prevent complications.

Regular intake of a contrast shower with alternating action on the skin with hot and cold water trains the walls of the venous vessels, brings them to the desired tone and helps to restore lost elasticity. If varicose veins appear in 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 compress can be used to maintain the beauty of the legs and solve cellulite only if the chosen technique excludes heat exposure. Suitable wrapping procedures:

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

Duration of the procedure - no more than 15 minutes. After wrapping, a contrast shower is recommended.


By themselves, 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 abortion, it is recommended to consult a phlebologist before the procedure.


It is impossible to have an abortion in 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 performed only for special indications, if other methods cannot provide a positive therapeutic response.


Therapeutic and cosmetic procedure using mud is not a contraindication in the case 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

A bath, sauna, Turkish hammam and a longer stay under the scorching sun are absolute contraindications for varicose veins. You can't go to the beach and those people who have a genetic predisposition for varicose veins, because after visiting the steam room, it is more likely that the disease will appear.

Do not expose your feet to heat, hot steam. The drop in temperature in the bathtub 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 curb.

Most women prefer to use sunscreen to cover up their ugly veins. But sunbathing is also a heat treatment procedure, which means that it is extremely undesirable for varicose veins. The veins that need to be treated should be treated, not masked.