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The relationship between high blood pressure and progesterone, especially for women is significant. The Weill Medical College of Cornell University found evidence that the sex steroid hormone progesterone affects their blood vessels. That in turn directly affect the rise in blood pressure that often occurs in women after menopause, when their natural production of progesterone or estrogen drops.
Some factors that might contribute to how your blood pressure can increase with the use of progesterone are:-
Progesterone is naturally secreted by ovulating women in their ovaries during the second half of their menstrual cycle, after the release of their egg, in helping to prepare their uterus to receive and fertilize that egg.
Men do produce progesterone, but theirs are produced in their adrenal gland.
Progesterone is a steroid that affects your heart, your brain and your blood vessels. Progestogens,
a progesterone like substance is also ingested by women through their
birth control pills, and menopausal hormone replacement therapy.
Remember older women taking menopausal hormone replacement are also most likely taking blood pressure medication. Therefore, women in general are at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure than men when their estrogen levels falls.
It blocks the uptake of calcium by calcium channels in smoothing out your muscle cells in the same way calcium channel blockers medication works. But when women reaches menopausal age and they stop taking birth control pills, or their bodies makes less progesterone; naturally there have been incidences of increased blood pressure.
As you know all medicines carry side effects and a mix of progesterone and high blood pressure carries additional risks.
Please seek immediate medical attention if any of these side effects occur.
You should know the risk women and high blood pressure face. Increased blood pressure puts pressure on your blood vessels with the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and also stroke.
So monitor your blood pressure often and stay within the normal range of 120/80 levels. Once you have control of your high blood pressure and progesterone levels, you are on your way to living a healthy lifestyle.