Low blood pressure symptoms in women

low blood pressure symptoms in women

Did you know that low blood pressure have special affinity for certain personalities and gender has a lot to do with it?

Did you know that low blood pressure symptoms in women have a lot to do with their menstrual cycles? 

Low blood pressure symptoms are not only connected to the uterus 

Women and menstrual cycles are inseparable, and so are their symptoms that come with the latter. The uterus is not the only body part that feels the grunt once a month. The rest of the body follows. That includes hormonal, immune, digestive, and also cardiovascular systems. 

To complicate the matters, low blood pressure symptoms in women do not follow a straight path. They can manifest in a myriad of ways. For example, some women can become be more clumsy, some get headaches, some others start having difficulty breathing. 

During the menstrual cycle low blood pressure symptoms in women tend to intensify or multiply. They can affect seemingly unrelated to uterus body parts, such as ears, or toes. Below is a comprehensive list of low blood pressure symptoms and personality traits for women.

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Low blood pressure symptoms in women during PMS

PMS is a dreaded word. It’s because it is known for its symptom-producing ability. PMS influence those special few days before menses and have many women experience symptomatic nightmares: bloated stomach, breast engorgement, heavy swollen legs,  as well as mental anguish, and psychological fatigue.

If you are a PMS sufferer here are a few quick PMS-relieving solutions

PMS, low blood sugar, and bloat combo

Did you know that at the time of PMS most low blood pressure symptoms occur together with symptoms of low blood sugar? These two can produce exceptionally confusing symptomatic combination eg. craving for salt and sugar at the same time, or shortness of breath without lung problems. 

Hypoglycemia-hypotension symptoms are most pronounced during PMS because of physiological interdependence of blood pressure and blood sugar regulating mechanisms with monthly hormonal cycles. A common example of symptoms is a very-well known cycle of crave-eat-bloat combination that terrorizes nearly every woman in North America. 

How would you know whether you, besides having low blood pressure symptoms, also have symptoms of low blood sugar? Simple. When blood glucose drops, your symptoms become meal-dependent. Look out for fatigue, dizziness, coldness, weakness, and light-headedness that is more pronounced when you are hungry.

Blood glucose-dependent symptoms will go away after eating. However, due to glucose-dependent insulin over-surges, some meals may only offer a temporary solution. Expect the symptoms to return with vengeance if the meal or snack was mostly made of simple carbohydrates. The symptoms are likely to show up again in one to two hours after a glucose-laden meal. 

Hypotension-hypoglycemia hierarchy of treatment

If low pressure and low sugar symptoms occur together you need to be extra prepared.. You will be much more successful in taming erratic blood sugar swings with a pre-planned idea, rather than by following an impulse to grab coffee and a donut.

When the hypoglycemia-hypotension combo shows up, there is a particular hierarchy of treatment you need to follow. You need to approach low blood sugar symptoms first, before dealing with blood pressure dips. It is because low BP may actually stem from low blood sugar. Once you deal with the latter, low blood pressure correction may follow on its own. So, when it doubt, eat something.

Here are some interesting insights on low blood sugar

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Low blood pressure symptoms after menses

Many women are particularly prone to low blood pressure symptoms after menses. That’s not a coincidence. Fatigue after period is common for two reasons. The first one is loss of blood volume, which automatically translates to lower blood pressure. The second one is loss of iron, which means lower body oxygenation.

Low blood pressure symptoms after menses can have especially negative effects in women with anemia and women with low nutrient stores. Feeling perky requires sufficient quantities of iron, vitamin B12, copper, folic acid, and other vitamins.

Low blood pressure symptoms treatment causesBlood loss doesn’t just mean loss of iron. Blood contains many different nutrients that, besides iron, are lost during the period. Heavy blood loss can present a special challenge to the malnourished. It takes long time to rebuild low nutrient stores, far longer than the three weeks available between menses.

If you are the one who feels extra dizzy, lightheaded, and exhausted after menstruation, you have a special task ahead of you. Focus on restoration of your vitamin and mineral stores. Eat high density foods and high-iron foods daily. Give red meat and beef liver a strong consideration.

3 tablespoons and low blood pressure symptoms?

Although an average woman loses only 3 tablespoons of blood during menstruation this apparently small amount can have a significant impact on woman’s well-being. These three tablespoons amass to half a liter in a year, which is more than a standard donation volume.

A pregnant woman faces yet another challenge. Not only she needs to supply extra volume for the fetus, but she is expecting to have a substantial volume loss during labor. An average labor costs a woman approximately 500ml (33 tablespoons) of blood. This is an equivalent to 10 menstruations. Such fluid loss can lead to post-partum depression and make it difficult to care for the baby.

If you have low blood pressure symptoms and planning pregnancy consider delaying it until your pressure falls within acceptable limits. If you are suspecting that low blood pressure may have something to do with adrenal fatigue, you can check them with this hormonal  test

Hidden sources of blood loss

Since even a small blood loss can have a significant effect on blood pressure, it is worthwhile to scan the body for less than obvious blood loss sources. Menstruation and delivery of a baby are obvious examples, but what about that little red spot on the tissue when you blow your nose or wipe your bum?  

These few drops here and there add up. And what about bleeding that you don’t even think of like slight stomach irritation from anti-inflammatory drugs, intestinal irritation from gluten, or bleeding gums from brushing. And don’t forget that blood thinning medication such as aspiring make bleeding and bruising much easier.


Concluding remarks

Low blood pressure symptoms in women are extremely common. Unfortunately many women continue living with the annoying symptoms. They simply don’t know what to do about their condition.

The good part is that low blood pressure in women or not, can be corrected. It can be permanently reversed, restored, and the body can be brought back to life. How do I know that? I used to be that. After figuring out the seldom-mentioned causes and the treatment shortcuts I put together a non-nonsense guide to reversing low blood pressure. I titled it Revived, because you will feel just like that, when you get rid of the drain monster. 


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