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November 2nd, 2014
I am so grateful to have found you ladies! I have been having issues since June. I have been hospitalized twice... once because they thought I had a TIA.... I am now on BP meds and they are working.... except for when it's time for my period.... Because of the meds, they are staying within the 140ish/90ish range. but that's still too high for me! So, now, I guess it's on to my GYN to try to make sense of this... I don't hold out much hope though.
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replied September 12th, 2015
I am 40, I have suffered from hormonal migraines for most of my life, but the wacky PB spikes (Especially at night) just started 8 months ago, the highest was 194/125, been to the ER for this more times than I wish to count, several thousands of dollars later and still, the last time I went in, they monitored me & discharged me even with my BP at 175/118, they said my heart was in great shape, they did not know what was causing my issues but my heart was handling it like a pro, so go home, sleep & talk to your GP in the AM. I Kept telling the GP, that I thought it was a hormone issue as it almost always seemed to happen around my period, it would be bad for 3-4 days & again mid month (ovulation time frame), but usually only for a day or two. She said all your blood work and 24 hour urine tests, EKG's, EEG's & Heart monitoring all says nothing is wrong so she kept giving me one BP after another, NONE work, nor help during those times of the month & most of them actually have so many debilitating side effects that they were worse than the BP spikes. We are talking kaiser, so I guess I should not be surprised but after reading everyone else s comments, it looks like its just Dr's in general.

After getting extremely frustrated, I started talking with my OBGYN as a last ditch effort to help refer me to a new GP, one who would listen and refer me to a hormone specialist. Well after a normal womanly exam we talked about my normal increasing blood flow, heavy clotting ect., so she recommended Progesterone 400MG once a day before bed "to help with the heavy bleeding". Of course I was nervous as I had a strong feeling that my heart issues were caused by my out of whack hormones, so I instead decided to try the Prog-est cream (only 40mg per pump) the 1st time during a high PB spike, it started out at 130/92 and then became hard to catch my breath at 150/101, then climbed again to about 170/120, at this time I decided to try the cream. A friend was with me, she promised that if it went higher after I applied the cream it could be quickly washed off & she would take me to the ER. well........ I was pleasantly surprised that about 10 min later my PB started to fall & about 20-30min later my PB was much lower. It was not down to my (no period times of 118/7Cool, but it was respectable at 130/89 and I could breathe without getting light headed & dizzy.

I now take 400mg once a day like clock work along with an Atenolol, it's been 2 months now, and it does not completely stop the BP attacks, they still spike to 150/98, but ..... it defiantly makes them better and more controlled, I have not yet gone over that 150/98 since being on progesterone, No the Atenolal alone does not control the spikes, but my GP & Obgyn asked me to remain on it with the progesterone, so I do.

The constant high dose of progesterone does have its goods & its bads, I have libido again (Good), but I get super pre-menstrual, bloated, water retention, breast tenderness, ect., which I never really had, even when I was a teen. It does give me hope, so I will keep on it as long as it keeps me out of the ER, or until I can find someone to give me solid answers.

On that note - I am seeing a woman who thinks that I had low progesterone as a kid, then when I had my tubes tied it caused a low progesterone production (which sometimes happens), but the Progesterone levels never were low enough to cause major issues, however now that I am pre-menopausal (more lowering of progesterone), its causing a problem.

My BP spikes were playing real havoc on my other organs, I was afraid that something other than my heart was being damaged, the brain fog these spikes caused was horrible for days after the spikes.

I know this was long winded, but If helps even one of you get some answers then God Bless !!!!! Smile
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replied November 17th, 2015
I have many expensive trips to the ER with high blood pressure. It is always the 1st day of my period. All cardiac issues are dismissed as those tests are all normal. I was put on the bc pills 3 weeks ago to help, it hasn't almost think it's worse. I'm sick of feeling this way as its affecting my job, and my life. Ugh!!
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replied November 20th, 2015
Studies found
These are studies which i found, I hope it will help you..

1. Changes in blood pressure during the normal menstrual cycle are not well documented, and previous studies have given conflicting results.

2. Thirty normotensive women and ten mildly hypertensive women measured their blood pressure at home each morning for 6 weeks, under standardized conditions, using a UA-751 semi-automatic sphygmomanometer. All had normal menstrual cycles and subjects entered the study at different phases of the cycle.

3. Blood pressure was higher at the onset of menstruation than at most other phases of the cycle (systolic blood pressure, P less than 0.05; diastolic blood pressure, P less than 0.001). Adjusted diastolic blood pressure was higher in the follicular than in the luteal phase (mean difference 1.23 mmHg, P less than 0.001). Similarly, blood pressure was lower during days 17-26 than during the remainder of the cycle (adjusted mean difference in systolic blood pressure -0.65 mmHg, P = 0.07; adjusted mean difference in diastolic blood pressure -1.19 mmHg, P less than 0.001).

4. Similar patterns were seen in normotensive and hypertensive subjects, and changes in plasma 17 beta-oestradiol and progesterone concentrations were also similar in the two groups.
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replied November 26th, 2015
Yes this happens to me before my period
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replied November 26th, 2015
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replied November 26th, 2015
This happens to me during my period and before my period. Sometimes, l will get a headache before my period. During the middle of the month, my blood pressure is within normal range.
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replied December 2nd, 2015
very useful tips for ladies, High Blood Pressure during period is common problem nowadays.
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replied December 14th, 2015
I thought I was the only person going through this. Now, I do have an under active thyroid but meds control that. This has been happening for the past 3 months. I was taking a low down diuretic which also helped with HBP. I've never ever use to go above 145/89. But a week before my cycle, 163/113 . I too ended up in urgent care. I find that coconut water helps as its loaded with potassium. The most frustrating part is that the doctors don't have answers. Is it the levels of pgstrn.?
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replied January 26th, 2016
My bad headache and dizziness and high blood pressure happens at ovulation instead of during my period. It is associated with a lot of clear discharge. I notice it does not happen every month but clearly goes along with the amount of clear discharge. Does anyone have this happen like me? earlier than the menstrual cycle?
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replied March 17th, 2016
Ditto, So happy to read this thread. I am keeping a journal now. Between white coat syndrome this week, a severe sunburn and now my period, my BP has been going inbetween the 140's and 170's and the bottom high 80's to 100. I don't take medication and am not often slightly elevated UNLESS, I go to the Drs and now I am going to track my period too.
By the way I am 55 and have not started menopause yet...yuck!
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replied July 11th, 2016
cold roselle tea
Drink cold roselle tea. It will help you a lot. It is important that you put it for a while in the fridge (Don't ever drink it hot).
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replied September 12th, 2016
It is good to know that you nor I are not alone and while I know it occurs a lot. There is hope. I found at least for me that taking an iron vitamin, a B 12 and folic acid vitamin, drinking a glass of prune juice and eating a high fiber meal, ( a bowl of life cereal mixed with a teaspoon of flax seed and whole wheat flakes) and apple sauce and incprporating that with deep breathing exercises to release stress whole inhaling in more oxygen to the lungs helped me to bring my b/p down to a normal range. I am a nurse and did not want to be subjected to long term meds that can cause more problems (side effects ). Plus I began to realize that these symptoms are related to rbc (red blood cell loss )because rbc carries the hemoglobin and the hemoglobin carries oxygen to the vital organs, which is a no brainer. We as women know what we are experiencing in our bodies better than the Doctor because realistically they can't help you unless you describe to them all your symptoms and then they have to research other similar cases or use a physicians desk reference or computer version to diagnose your condition in order to prescribe you medicine or a plan right for you.
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replied November 8th, 2016
High blood pressure/ Hormonal imbalance/ Migraines
I have been suffering seems like all my life. I am 38 years old and it seems the older I get the worst my symptoms get. After much researching and reading I found a video of Barbara Hoffman and she treats all hormone issues through natural supplements and natural progesterone. At the end of her videos on youtube she would always say you could call or write her with your particular issues and she would respond. Honesty I thought she wouldn't write me back but she did. Ever since I had my daughter in 2007 and had a tubal ligation every month I would get the most horrible migraines that I would get before my period and would last about 3 days. As the years went on they just continued to get worst. She advised me to take a supplement called Evening primrose oil along with some other things. For the first time in nine years for the second month I have not had a migraine. I am about to write her again because I just realized that my blood pressure spikes really bad during my period. I also ended up in the ER two nights ago because out of the blue it went to 180/110 I was so scared. She recommended I take DIM. This is what DIM does: DIM's hormonal balancing effects have revealed these midlife problems are not due to estrogen itself alone, but rather, to estrogen metabolism imbalances. Good Luck to all of you I hope it helps. I will start taking mine today hoping that next month I won't end up in the ER again.
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replied June 5th, 2017
With each of my 3 pregnancies, I have been plagued by Heart issues. Heart attacks ,congestive heart failure pvc,s serriously irregular heart beats, blood cloats, and a laundry list of other things. This caused me to have to wear an external heart defibrillator because my heart would randomly stop beating. My last pregnancy was in 2013. And the road to recovery has been rough, I try to work out and eat healthy to keep my BP under control. But I kept having spells of unexplained high blood pressure. I then started noticing a pattern. It always happened1 1/2 weeks before menstruation. I asked my cardiologist about it, but he dismissed it as coincidence. I don't believe him. It happens around ovulation every month. POUNDING HEADACHES, DIZZYNESS, NAUSEA, CHILLS WEAKNESS AND CONFUSION. I started checking my blood presssure around this time and it was dangerously high. Currently I just finished a 4 day episode of this. I am feeling a better now and pressure is going down but I wonder if I didn't ovulate would all of this go away? After reading this page I am convinced that I am not crazy and that this needs to be documented and addressed by Gynecologist and Cardiologist all over.
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replied October 12th, 2017
A few months ago I woke up one morning during my period with extremely high blood pressure (172/117) and I'm only 29.
Turns out I have something wrong and have developed POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). Common in women of child bearing age.
I thought I might mention it here in case it applies to any of you.
Most doctors don't know what it even is (and a lot of websites get it wrong lol).
But esstially, just check if you have these symptoms:
A postural change in heart rate (almost normal laying down usually, and an increase of 30 bpm upon standing in the first 10 minutes). It can sometimes be accompanied by low blood pressure and often high blood pressure. Usually the heart is perfectly fine, but yeah. I just thought I'd share my experience.
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replied October 27th, 2017
I'm looking into progesterone. It's a hormone that fluctuates during your cycle and pregnancy. I was taken off bc at 24 because my BP was stroke level. This is a well studied and documented phenomenon. I got preeclampsia with my pregnancy. I'm not too sure how those are related as they don't know much about preeclampsia, but I found it interesting that it relates to sex hormones and that's exactly the same reason I was taken off bc for a similar reaction. I've noticed huge indicators around my cycle to my BP increases and turns out progesterone is a relaxant and is low when you're menstruating so it would make sense for your vessels to be restricted. It affects your breathing as well and had been used in a study for apnea. I also retain more water and I'm not sure how that might relate to low progesterone specifically but I know the retention causes my BP to go up. It's just so obvious there's a connection to sex hormones and yet I'm the one doing all the research and not getting any straight answers from the so called 'professionals' as if they've never heard of such a thing. Please ladies all your docs to do a study on your hormones and see if I'm right and is that helps any. Once I get insurance, that is at the top of my list! To be honest, I'm no radical feminist, but this gets my goat a little. I think there's still a stigma about women's health and this progesterone related issue is one of them. Did you know a lot of those 'crazy symptoms' people just laugh off like you're some whiny complaining female they make you feel like are all in your head or because you are just weak are actually controlled by your sex hormones! So legit there may be a medical reason! There's this weird disconnect between the medical discplines. It's time to break that and gets some answers.
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replied November 3rd, 2017
Ive been having palpitations, irregular and heavy bleeding super high BP and give migraines. My iron is so low they've put me on the highest dose possible and I'm taking 3x a day. No one can tell me why! Reading all your stories makes me wanna start a fb support page. I'm so glad I'm not alone. Reading your stories made me choke up. Why aren't the doctors listening to us? It's so frustrating.
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