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Menstruation and blood pressure
livingwithhyper posted:
I am managing my hypertension with medication, exercise and diet. But I just experienced a spike in my BP reading that lasted four days. Today when I started menstruating, my numbers went down to where they'd been. I've read that menstruation can cause low blood pressure, so I wonder if the build-up to menstruation can cause blood pressure to go up as well?
oceanblue1971 responded:
I have often wondered that myself. Besides the normal PMS symptoms, my BP has gone up a little bit too but then it comes back down when starting my period.

I wonder if this has happened to anyone else.
run2bhealthy4life responded:
I did a little research and it looks like what you have noticed is normal. Here is a quote from Harvard Health:

"During a woman's menstrual cycle, minimal changes may occur in her blood pressure. Small studies have noticed a slight rise in blood pressure near the time of ovulation and during the weeks following ovulation, known as the "luteal phase." Blood pressure changes during those times are not large enough to be important to your health, or to warrant adjustments in the dose of blood pressure medication. Small increases in blood pressure can be explained by differences in the concentration of three hormones in the body: testosterone, renin, and angiotensin."

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