On and off for the last 20 years I have had episodes of low blood pressure with the onset of my period. It can happen in varying degrees to feeling weak, pale and sleepy to an outright but very slow distressing faint till I fell asleep (unconscious?). It can happen when I am busy out and about or when I am relaxed at home. I know this is not from large blood loss as to lose enough blood to faint is not what is happening. I am not a doctor but I am sure it is to do with hormones, ?prostaglandins lower blood pressure ? ...
At first I thought it may have been low blood sugar and once I tested my sugars, they were lowish but not enough to be a factor. My blood pressure on the other hand was 70 systolic, 30 diastolic.
If hindsight I should have consulted a doctor to get it sorted years ago but didn't want to be on medication or hormones.
I have never been on the pill or any medication generally.
Today I am a little excited because I discovered something really simple that seems to work. It is the third time that I have avoided a low blood pressure episode happening simply by having some caffeine. Really excited that I won't get caught out being in public with a hypotension episode or have to write off a day as non productive because of having low blood pressure. No more :-). I am not a habitual coffee drinker so not sure it this would help in that case.
But not being used to a caffeine boost my body sure appreciated it when it needed it.
I have a bottle of coke in the car with me now and coffee at home for that reason .
Have since read caffeine boosts blood pressure, it's only taken me 20 years to solve my little mystery.
I recommend one sees their doctor if they have this occurring but make sure you tell them it is not due to heavy blood loss ( which is the standard answer on the internet) but something with hormonal imbalance....I'm not sure, would love to learn more:-).
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