The commonest place to get varicose veins is your lower limb, which includes your thighs and legs.
Other places that you can find varicose veins include:
- Pelvic veins. These are veins that do not come from your legs even though they may look like they are originating from your legs. Common after pregnancy or after surgery in the pelvis.
- Your upper limbs specifically your arms and hands. If it runs in your family then you have a higher chance or if you have very little fat in the skin. It can also occur if there is an abnormal blockage in your venous system therefore it they are causing symptoms in your upper limb, you may want to get it checked.
- Your oesophagus or food pipe connecting your mouth and stomach. This is often associated with severe liver disease.
- Genitals. This can be in the form of veins on the vulva or even the testes. In women on the vulva this can be common during pregnancy and often settles but may continue afterwards. In men, it is known as a varicocoele.
- Rectum, commonly seen as haemorrhoids in those that are constipated or strain a lot.