One bout of constipation won't typically contribute to varicose veins. But if an individual suffers from chronic constipation issues, they're more likely to develop varicose veins. Constipation occurs when individuals have trouble with their bowel movements or don't have as many bowel movements as they usually do. The majority of cases of constipation aren't serious and can be rectified with proper hydration and more fiber intake. However, some conditions can cause constipation to be chronic.
Individuals shouldn't go longer than three days without having a bowel movement. Three days is long enough for fecal matter to harden and become more difficult to move. In addition to individuals adding fiber to their diet and drinking more water, exercising helps ease constipation. Exercise makes the digestive muscles work more actively. If none of these things work, patients can use a laxative to try to induce a bowel movement. However, they should avoid taking laxatives regularly, and always talk to a doctor before trying any new laxatives or other medications.