For some strange reason, people will vigorously deny having high blood pressure. "I'm nervous." "I fought traffic to get here!" "You wouldn't believe the stress I'm under!" or "Wait until I relax a little while and it'll come down." All are common reactions of those advised their pressures are high. Yet high blood pressure, even by relatively lax definitions, is destined to affect the majority of Americans. Succumb to popular food and exercise patterns, and high blood pressure is as inevitable as death and taxes. Even if you're non-hypertensive at age 55, the Framingham Heart Study predicts a 90% likelihood you'll be hypertensive during your lifetime. Added to the inevitability of high blood pressure, conventional blood pressure treatment does not fully erase the risk of cardiovascular events from hypertension (according to the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatme...
Causes Many different factors can trigger menstrual disorders, such as hormone imbalances, genetic factors, clotting disorders, and pelvic diseases.
Dysmenorrhea Contraction-Causing Chemicals. Powerful chemicals known as prostaglandins and arachidonic acid can induce uterine muscle contractions. Prostaglandins also play a large role in the heavy bleeding that causes dysmenorrhea. Abnormal Nervous System Response. Some women with primary dysmenorrhea may have autonomic nervous systems that are overly sensitive to menstrual cycle changes. The autonomic nervous system regulates heart rate and blood pressure, and it contains the pain receptors in nerve fibers in the uterus and pelvic area. As a result, women with autonomic nervous system abnormalities may have a more intense response to pain. Abnormalities in the Arteries in the Uterus. Impaired blood flow through the arteries in the uterus may cause severe dysmenorrhea for some women. Genetic Factors. Genetic factors may play a role in prim...
Irregular menstruation; Heavy, prolonged, or irregular periods; Menorrhagia; Polymenorrhea; Metrorrhagia and other menstrual conditions; Abnormal menstrual periods; Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Keep a record of your menstrual cycles and any other bleeding, including:
When menstruation begins and ends
How much flow you have (count numbers of pads and tampons used, noting whether they are soaked)
Bleeding between periods and after sex
Any other symptoms you experience
Tampons should be changed at least twice a day to avoid infection.
Because aspirin may prolong bleeding, it should be avoided. Ibuprofen is usually more effective than aspirin for relieving menstrual cramps . It also may reduce the amount of blood you lose during a period.
If you think you are or could be pregnant, talk to your doctor.
Call your health care provider if
Call your doctor if:
You have soaked through a pad or tampon ...
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