Perhaps you’re wondering why you’ve developed varicose veins. While heredity might be the leading cause, age, weight, gender, hormones, and occupation can also play a role. Although they can develop at any age, varicose veins tend to worsen with the more birthdays you celebrate. With each year, it might also be more difficult to maintain your ideal body weight, thus making you more susceptible to the onset of certain venous conditions. Moreover, as many as 70% to 80% of pregnant women develop varicose veins during the first trimester—and other hormonal factors related to menopause and birth control can also contribute. Even a job that requires excessive standing or sitting can increase the chances of developing a vein-related problem. So whether you’re standing all day work or you’re genetically predisposed to a particular condition, advancements in medicine make it no longer necessary to ask yourself a worried question such “why me?” Instead, you can simply get treated.